Saturday, March 8, 2014

Genesis: Chapter 31

 A closed                               box

Open well            closed passage

And the distant                 journey

                  becomes home

Longing                            kisses

(For full chapter, click here
This chapter is so dense, I feel every drawing is inadequate...
What stood out first is the chiastic structure: we have here an inverted closing to Jacob's arrival:
A second escape (barakh)
a second exit (yatza)
a focus on stones, and the root gal (to remove a stone, a pile of stones)
A second matzeva/ altar
The question of stealing and possession
and a goodbye kiss in place of the opening kiss to Rachel
But even as we seem to have closure, there are intimations of disasters to come, from Rachel's death, to the loss of Yosef)

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