|With the ladder he saw in a vision|
|Pottage -- mmmm, mmmm good.|
|Israel: fighting with an angel|
Jacob doesn't really come up short. He's always looking for angles that will turn tough situations into opportunities. He doesn't respect this in his sons, Simeon and Levi, who disable and slaughter all the men of Shechem, whose prince had abducted and raped their sister, Dinah. Of all the underhanded tricks in Jacob's saga, I'd say this was the best, but he didn't like it because he thought the Canaanites and Perrizites would disapprove of the slaughter and pillaging. Indeed, what will the neighbors think? My guess is that they'd think twice before they abducted one of Jacob's daughters.
There's so much more to his story than this. Births and deaths, wealth and then famine, land claims and exile. Eventually he wound up in Egypt, living under the aegis of his son Joseph, chamberlain to the Pharaoh. Joe had been sold to Egyptian slave merchants because he was their father's favorite, but like his dad, he converted misfortune into opportunity. Although Jacob died in exile, his body was carried to the tomb at Machpelah in Canaan where Isaac and Abraham were buried.