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Reading Scripture Together: Wrestling with our Angels (Genesis 32:22-31)
- Course Dates: Wed 27 January, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The Bible shares a powerful story where our forefather, Jacob, wrestles with an ‘ish’ (literally a ‘man’ – but commonly understood to be an angel or even God’s own self) on the eve of encountering his estranged brother. Who is this ish and how does that encounter transform Jacob to be renamed ‘Israel’? We will use havruta (a Jewish study method) to do a close literary read of this well-known story. In addition, we will do a psychological read of Jacob’s childhood in order to explore how deception, identity and blessings are themes that pervade Jacob’s life – and our own.