The Deception of Isaac

Matt, Alastair, and Andrew consider the narrative complexity of the "deception of Isaac."

Taking up a difficult passage of Scripture, Alastair, Andrew, and Matt consider the incident in which Jacob deceives Isaac into giving him the blessing. Multiple respected theologians bring solid principles to bear on the interpretation of this reading and come to very different conclusions. What is to be done? Is lying always and everywhere wrong? Was Jacob justified in his ruse? And in the process Alastair reveals some striking parallels between this story and that of King David.  

Links Mentioned: 

Lexham Press Book of the Month 

Merrie Band 

Genesis 26–27 

Rabbi David Fohrman 

James B. Jordan 

Yoram Hazony 

Lie back and think of Israel [England]  

Genesis 32–33 

Alastair’s YouTube channel 

Alastair’s Patreon 

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Tempus Fugit
Misreading the Preposition
The Setup
The Dispute
The Anderson School
Davidic Parallels
Urgency in Lying
“I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”
Rogues Gallery or Rogues Mirror?

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