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A teaching module in which we explore the meaning of Genesis 32 in light of contemporary art. Created and taught by Charles Halton.

A teaching module in which we explore the meaning of Genesis 32 in light of contemporary art. Created and taught by Charles Halton.

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  • 1. Text Genesis 32Introduction to the Old Testament, Part I Created and taught by: Charles Halton
  • 2. Jacob the Trickster
  • 3. Jacob the TricksterTricked Esau out of first born rights and blessing, 27:36;“How right it is that his name is Jacob b#OqSoÅy because hedeceived me ‹yˆnbVqVoÅ¥yìÅw these two times...” ‹E
  • 4. Jacob the TricksterTricked Esau out of first born rights and blessing, 27:36;“How right it is that his name is Jacob b#OqSoÅy because hedeceived me ‹yˆnbVqVoÅ¥yìÅw these two times...” ‹EJacob in exile to the east (29:1) to escape from Esau to Laban
  • 5. Jacob the TricksterTricked Esau out of first born rights and blessing, 27:36;“How right it is that his name is Jacob b#OqSoÅy because hedeceived me ‹yˆnbVqVoÅ¥yìÅw these two times...” ‹EJacob in exile to the east (29:1) to escape from Esau to LabanLaban deceived Jacob by switching the older & younger
  • 6. Jacob the TricksterTricked Esau out of first born rights and blessing, 27:36;“How right it is that his name is Jacob b#OqSoÅy because hedeceived me ‹yˆnbVqVoÅ¥yìÅw these two times...” ‹EJacob in exile to the east (29:1) to escape from Esau to LabanLaban deceived Jacob by switching the older & youngerJacob tricks Laban out of sheep (30:25-43)
  • 7. Gen 32
  • 8. Gen 32Jacob the trickster encounters a divine being/God; READ32:22-33
  • 9. Gen 32Jacob the trickster encounters a divine being/God; READ32:22-33Jacob prevails over divine being/God? cf. 32:29-31
  • 10. Gen 32Jacob the trickster encounters a divine being/God; READ32:22-33Jacob prevails over divine being/God? cf. 32:29-31Limp--damaged by God cf. 32:26, 32-33
  • 11. Gen 32Jacob the trickster encounters a divine being/God; READ32:22-33Jacob prevails over divine being/God? cf. 32:29-31Limp--damaged by God cf. 32:26, 32-33How does God interact with God’s people?
  • 12. Rembrandt
  • 13. RembrandtWhat theology does thisrepresentation convey?
  • 14. RembrandtWhat theology does thisrepresentation convey?How are figures positioned?
  • 15. RembrandtWhat theology does thisrepresentation convey?How are figures positioned?How does Jacob feel?
  • 16. RembrandtWhat theology does thisrepresentation convey?How are figures positioned?How does Jacob feel?What kind of angel/God isportrayed?
  • 17. RembrandtWhat theology does thisrepresentation convey?How are figures positioned?How does Jacob feel?What kind of angel/God isportrayed?What kind of relationship doesthis angel/God have with Jacob?
  • 18. Gauguin
  • 19. GauguinOpen, red space
  • 20. GauguinOpen, red spaceDistance between theonlookers and struggle
  • 21. GauguinOpen, red spaceDistance between theonlookers and struggleSilence, gender and prayerof onlookers
  • 22. GauguinOpen, red spaceDistance between theonlookers and struggleSilence, gender and prayerof onlookersAngel subduing Jacob
  • 23. GauguinOpen, red spaceDistance between theonlookers and struggleSilence, gender and prayerof onlookersAngel subduing JacobDistance & smallness ofactors in the struggle
  • 24. Chagall
  • 25. ChagallWhat theology does thisrepresentation convey?
  • 26. ChagallWhat theology does thisrepresentation convey?How are figures positioned?
  • 27. ChagallWhat theology does thisrepresentation convey?How are figures positioned?How does Jacob feel?
  • 28. ChagallWhat theology does thisrepresentation convey?How are figures positioned?How does Jacob feel?What kind of angel/God isportrayed?
  • 29. ChagallWhat theology does thisrepresentation convey?How are figures positioned?How does Jacob feel?What kind of angel/God isportrayed?What kind of relationship doesthis angel/God have with Jacob?
  • 30. HAP Greishaber (1909-81)
  • 31. HAP Greishaber (1909-81)Can’t distinguish persons-howmany persons are there?
  • 32. HAP Greishaber (1909-81)Can’t distinguish persons-howmany persons are there?How are figures positioned?
  • 33. HAP Greishaber (1909-81)Can’t distinguish persons-howmany persons are there?How are figures positioned?Jacob only realizes who it was atthe very end (32:31-32).
  • 34. HAP Greishaber (1909-81)Can’t distinguish persons-howmany persons are there?How are figures positioned?Jacob only realizes who it was atthe very end (32:31-32).Luther: Does God work onlyindirectly in evil, or does he workevil directly? How can he bedifferentiated from the devil?
  • 35. God or angel/divine being
  • 36. God or angel/divine being 32:25 ‹vyIa “a man;” 32:30 My¢IhølTa “god/divine beings;” 32:32 l¡EayˆnVÚp “Peniel-face of God/divine being”
  • 37. God or angel/divine being 32:25 ‹vyIa “a man;” 32:30 My¢IhølTa “god/divine beings;” 32:32 l¡EayˆnVÚp “Peniel-face of God/divine being” God & angels can appear in human form (e.g. Gen 18:2; Josh 5:13-15; Judg 13:6)
  • 38. God or angel/divine being 32:25 ‹vyIa “a man;” 32:30 My¢IhølTa “god/divine beings;” 32:32 l¡EayˆnVÚp “Peniel-face of God/divine being” God & angels can appear in human form (e.g. Gen 18:2; Josh 5:13-15; Judg 13:6) Genesis Rabbah 77:3--patron angel of Esau
  • 39. God or angel/divine being 32:25 ‹vyIa “a man;” 32:30 My¢IhølTa “god/divine beings;” 32:32 l¡EayˆnVÚp “Peniel-face of God/divine being” God & angels can appear in human form (e.g. Gen 18:2; Josh 5:13-15; Judg 13:6) Genesis Rabbah 77:3--patron angel of Esau LXX 32:30, 32 My¢IhølTa = qeouv
  • 40. God or angel/divine being 32:25 ‹vyIa “a man;” 32:30 My¢IhølTa “god/divine beings;” 32:32 l¡EayˆnVÚp “Peniel-face of God/divine being” God & angels can appear in human form (e.g. Gen 18:2; Josh 5:13-15; Judg 13:6) Genesis Rabbah 77:3--patron angel of Esau LXX 32:30, 32 My¢IhølTa = qeouv Hosea 12:3 “[Jacob] bested divine being(s) My¢IhølTa / he saw a messenger ‹JKDaVlAm and prevailed”
  • 41. Gen 32:29 Mattia Preti, Jacob Blessing His Grandchildren
  • 42. Gen 32:29“You have bested gods andmen.” (contend/wrestle onlyused this way here & Hos 12:3-normal def. “to rule”) Mattia Preti, Jacob Blessing His Grandchildren
  • 43. Gen 32:29“You have bested gods andmen.” (contend/wrestle onlyused this way here & Hos 12:3-normal def. “to rule”)35:2-3 “Put way your foreigngods...God has answered me inmy distress and he was with mein the path I which have taken.” Mattia Preti, Jacob Blessing His Grandchildren
  • 44. Gen 32:29“You have bested gods andmen.” (contend/wrestle onlyused this way here & Hos 12:3-normal def. “to rule”)35:2-3 “Put way your foreigngods...God has answered me inmy distress and he was with mein the path I which have taken.”How has God been with Jacob? Mattia Preti, Jacob Blessing His Grandchildren
  • 45. For more Bible & ANE resources go to awilum.com