Saturday, February 19, 2011

Genesis 35:27-29 Home to Mamre

"Jacob came home to his father Isaac in Mamre, near Kiriath Arba  (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had stayed.  Isaac lived a hundred and eighty years.  Then he breathed his last and died and was gathered to his people, old and full of years.  And his sons Esau and Jacob buried him."  (Genesis 35:27-29 NIV)

There is a lot of information crammed into these two verses:
  • Jacob finally makes it back home.
  • Abraham and Isaac stayed at Mamre.  Although they doubtless lived a semi-nomadic lifestyle with their flocks, Mamre seemed to be their home base.
  • Mamre was near Kiriath Arba, otherwise known as Hebron.
  • Isaac lived to be 180, and had a full life.
  • Esau and Jacob cooperated in burying their father.  Isaac was buried in the Cave of Machpelah, like Abraham, Sarah and Rebekah. (Genesis 49:30-31).  This was the family burial site which had been purchased from Ephron the Hittite.

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