Sorry, I had to make a Friends reference.
Genesis 34 see the rape of Dinah and the wholesale slaughter of a people at the hands of Isaac's sons. The pleasant feeling I had at the end of chapter 33 is quickly washed away.
Isaac once again flees for his life after the massacre of Hamor, his sons and people but God directs him to a safe haven. I really can't blame them for their anger, but considering men have used women as a commodity up until this point, it's a new and odd behavior.
After giving birth to Joseph and Benjamin, Rachel dies.
"And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing."
I do love some of the writing in the OT. It can be very poetic.
The end of chapter 35 brings us the death of Isaac but the start of the story of Joseph, which I believe is one of the longest stories of any character in the OT, save Moses. Spanning over a dozen chapters.
My question, that I've wanted to ask since early on is:
Why is God only blessing one family, The linage of Abraham? He seems to be a personal god to the one family (Abraham, Jacob, Isaac, etc) and others must win favor with the family to benefit from God's power. To me this comes off not as a god that loves and provides for his creation so much as a personal mentor/bodyguard for a wealthy family.
As always, show me the truth dear readers!