35a- Jacob’s New Name, Israel

God (to Jacob): Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there. Make an altar to God, who appeared to you when you fled from the face of Esau your brother.

Jacob (to his household and to all that were with him): Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments. Let us arise and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and was with me in the way which I went.

They gave to Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand and all their earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem. And they journeyed: and the terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.

So Jacob and all the people that were with him came to Luz, which is in the land of Canaan, that is, Bethel. And he built an altar there, and called the place Elbethel: because there God appeared to him when he fled from the face of his brother.

Elbethel means “house of God.”

But Deborah Rebekah’s nurse died, and she was buried beneath Bethel under an oak: and the name of it was called Allonbachuth.

Allonbachuth means “the oak of weeping.”

A New Name

Genesis 35:9-15

God appeared to Jacob again, when he came out of Paddan–aram, and blessed him.

God: Your name is Jacob: your name shall not be called Jacob any more, but Israel shall be your name:

And he called his name Israel.

God: I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be from you, and kings shall come out of your loins. The land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to you I will give it, and to your seed after you will I give the land.

And God went up from him in the place where he talked with him.

Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he talked with him, even a pillar of stone: and he poured a drink offering on it, and he poured oil on it. Jacob called the name of the place where God spoke with him, Beth–el.


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