Genesis 32-36

I’ve been confused by this section and not sure what to take from it.  There is much wandering, literal and of my mind, and twice Jacob is told he will now be called Israel but yet continues to be referred to as Jacob – no wonder I can’t recall ever being aware of this until now.  Disputes over land have always been with us humans since time began.  Our need to stake our claim has caused much trouble and bloodshed.  As a species we seem to fall into two groups which are at complete odds with each other – those who travel far and wide always looking to explore and find new places to call home, and those who are not happy unless they are in their familiar place to which they feel a territorial right to.  Tending to be more in the first group myself, I don’t understand why many people in the second group feel so threatened by the those of us in the first.


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