Genesis chapter 35 Star Chart: Clockwise from when "God said unto Jacob (Ophiuchus), Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make there an (Ara) altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou (Ophiuchus) fleddest from the face of (Hercules) Esau thy brother" (35:1) in 1687 B.C. till "they journeyed: and the (Scorpio lunar crescent stinger and lunar crescent snake fang) terror of God was upon the (lunar) cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the (Gemini) sons of Jacob" (35:5) till "Jacob came to ... Bethel, he and all the people that were with him. And he built there an (Ara) altar, and called the place Elbethel" (35:6-7) is 8° days. From then till "Deborah (Virgo), Rebekah's nurse died, and she was buried beneath Bethel under an oak" (green Milky Way)(35:8) is another 294° or 19.6 hours using the degree-hour scale. Then "Rachel (Virgo) died, and was buried in ... Bethlehem" (35:19) after giving birth to Benjamin, which is another 294° days. From that point in time till "Reuben (Aquarius) went and lay with Bilhah (Coma) his father's concubine" (35:22) is another 133° days. "And Jacob came unto Isaac his father unto ... Hebron, where Abraham and Isaac sojourned. And the days of Isaac were an hundred and fourscore years. And Isaac ... died ... and his (Gemini) sons Esau and Jacob buried him" (35:27-29) is another 143° or 9.5 hours. Therefore 1687 B.C. + 8 days + 19.6 hours + 294° days + 133° days + 9.5 hours is 436 days in the year 1686 B.C. when Isaac died.

However, this 1686 B.C. date only allows Isaac to be 165 years old in order to agree with a 60-year age difference between Isaac and Jacob (Genesis 25:26) and in order to agree with the 28-year chronology between 31:41 and 35:28 that makes Jacob 105 years old. If we are to trust 35:28 at its face value, and assume it is not a copyist error, which says Isaac died when he was "180 years old", then his death occurred in 1671 B.C. and there must be a gap of 15 years in the chronology from 31:41 to 35:28. But the simplest explanation is a copyist error.

As a review, Abraham was 75 when he entered Canaan (Gen. 12:4) in 1876 B.C. -- 430 years before Israel's exodus from Egypt in 1446 B.C. (Ex. 12:40-41). He received the covenant at this time, making it year zero in the calculation. Isaac was born 25 years later when Abraham was 100 (Gen. 21:5) in 1851 B.C. Isaac was age 60 when Jacob was born (Gen. 25:26) in 1791 B.C. When Jacob was 130, he entered Egypt (Gen. 47:28) in the second year of the famine (45:6) when Joseph was 39 in 1661 B.C. Therefore "Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh" (41:46) in 1670 B.C. at the beginning of the seven years of plenty. "Two full years" before that, the butler-baker incident occurred in 1672 B.C. (41:1). Joseph was "seventeen years old" (37:2) in 1683 B.C. when he was sold into Egypt. Furthermore, Joseph was born in 1700 B.C. when God "opened her (Rachel's) womb" (29:22) and Jacob was age 91. This means that fourteen years before that (29:27-30), Jacob travelled to Padan-Aram in 1714 B.C. when he was 77 (28:1-2). Adding "twenty years" with Laban (31:41) + 7 years when Jacob "erected there an altar" in Shekem (33:18-20) + about one year till "Isaac ... died" (35:27) makes Jacob 105 years old in 1686 when Isaac died at 165 (105 + 60 = 165). In order for Isaac to be 180 when he died (35:28), we must find a gap of 15 years in the chronology somewhere between 31:41 and 35:28. Adding together 25 + 60 + 130 = 215 years sojourning outside Egypt. With the other 215 years inside Egypt, we can construct the 430-year period till 1446 B.C. (see also Josephus' Antiquities 2:15:2). The Exodus in 1446 B.C. was 430 years after Abraham entered Canaan in 1876 B.C. "Now the sojourning (in Canaan and Egypt -- 215 years each) of the children of Israel (which here includes Abraham, Isaac and Jacob -- see footnotes in both the Companion Bible and Jerusalem Bible), who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years. And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt" (Ex.12:40-41). Josephus says the same thing: "They left Egypt ... on the fifteenth day of the lunar month (Num. 33:3), four hundred and thirty years after our forefather Abraham came into Canaan" (Ant.2:15:2). Both the Samaritan Pentateuch and Septuagint add "and in Canaan" in verse 40. The Septuagint, quoted by Paul in Galatians, says "the sojourning of the sons of Israel who dwelt in the land of Egypt and Canaan was 430 years" because they dwelt in Canaan before they dwelt in Egypt.

 








A Nation and A Company of Nations Shall Be of Thee,
and Kings Shall Come Out of Thy Loins

35:1 And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make there an (Ara) altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou (Ophiuchus) fleddest from the face of (Hercules) Esau thy brother.

2 Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange (Gemini) gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments:

3 And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an (Ara) altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went.

4 And they gave unto Jacob all the strange (Gemini) gods which were in their hand, and all their (lunar) earrings which were in their (Gemini) ears; and Jacob hid them under the (Milky Way) oak which was by Shechem.

5 And they journeyed: and the terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the (Gemini) sons of Jacob.

6 So Jacob (Ophiuchus) came to Luz, which is in the land of Canaan, that is, Bethel, he and all the (Gemini) people that were with him.

7 And he built there an (Ara) altar, and called the place Elbethel: because there God appeared unto him, when he fled from the (Hercules) face of his brother.

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

9 And God (Argo) appeared unto Jacob again, when he came out of Padanaram, and blessed him.

10 And God (Argo) said unto him, Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel.

11 And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a (Gemini) company of nations shall be of thee, and (Cepheus) kings shall come out of thy (Aquarius) loins;

12 And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land.

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

14 And Jacob (Ophiuchus) set up a pillar in the place where he talked with him, even a pillar of stone: and (Aquarius) he poured a (red radius) drink offering thereon, and he poured (red radius) oil thereon.

15 And Jacob called the name of the place where God spake with him, Bethel.

16 And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath: and Rachel (Virgo) travailed, and she had hard labour.

17 And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; thou shalt have this son also.

18 And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin.

19 And (Virgo) Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem.

20 And Jacob set a (lunar) pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar of Rachel's grave unto this day.

21 And Israel journeyed, and spread his tent beyond the tower of Edar.

22 And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, that (Aquarius) Reuben went and (red radius) lay with (Virgo) Bilhah his father's concubine: and Israel heard it. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve:

Fleur-de-Lis is a symbol of the male sexual organ and represents the French or Reuben. "The lingam (penis) was also worshipped in the shape of the lotus
flower or bud in India, China, Egypt and other Oriental countries, and was transplanted from these Pagan religions to Christian art as the lily or "fleur-de-lis;" (the lily is often a symbol of God the Father in Christian church art" (p. 388 Sex and Sex Worship by X. A. Wall 1922).

23 The sons of Leah; Reuben, Jacob's firstborn, and Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Zebulun:

24 The sons of Rachel; Joseph, and Benjamin:

25 And the sons of Bilhah, Rachel's handmaid; Dan, and Naphtali:

26 And the sons of Zilpah, Leah's handmaid: Gad, and Asher: these are the sons of Jacob, which were born to him in Padanaram.

27 And Jacob came unto Isaac his father unto Mamre, unto the city of Arbah, which is Hebron, where Abraham and Isaac sojourned.

28 And the days of Isaac were an hundred and fourscore years.

29 And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered unto his (Gemini) people, being old and full of days: and his (Gemini) sons Esau and Jacob buried him.

The Book of Jubilees (chs. 37, 38) relates that, after Isaac’s death, Esau was stirred up by his sons to attack Jacob with an army; and that Esau said: “If the boar can change its skin, and make its bristles as soft as wool … then will I observe the tie of brotherhood with thee, &c.” Whereupon Jacob, listening to the advice of Judah his son, “bent his bow and sent forth the arrow and struck Esau his brother on the right breast and slew him.”



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