Essay on Analysis Of The Book ' Genesis '

1349 Words Oct 19th, 2015 6 Pages
Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” Throughout The Book of Genesis, conflict reveals the imperfection of God’s creation of man; however, forgiveness is what proves that man is not completely evil. Whether the conflict be man vs. man, man vs. society, man vs. God, etc., forgiveness is never an easily accomplished task. The acts of begging for or providing forgiveness can take extensive amounts of time to build strength to do. The concept of forgiveness in The Book of Genesis teaches that the act of forgiving requires audacity on both ends of a conflict in the stories of Jacob/Esau and Joseph.
Both Jacob/Esau and Joseph end up having to endure the challenge of forgiveness as a result of conflict that created mutual tension and resentment between their families. In chapter 27, Jacob’s father, Isaac, is dying, Rebekah tricks him into giving Jacob his blessing as opposed to Esau. Esau was born to be the dominant brother, and physical and mental power/strength throughout the entirety of his life. Therefore, this is an abrupt, disheartening outcome for Esau. In turn, Esau threatens to slay Jacob, so Jacob flees to Laban and doesn’t see his brother for years on end. In chapter 32, after serving twenty years for Laban, Jacob sends a messenger to invite Esau to visit, as well as a gift of an abundance of animals to appease him. In response, Esau says he will come, with the company of 400 men. This leaves Jacob to be…

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