Jacob’s progeny was an unruly bunch. Our dysfunctional society has nothing on them, and Jacob’s in particular reads like a trashy dime-store novel. Of course, having two official wives and two sort-of wives probably didn’t help much. So let’s start with the first born, who’s name is immortalized in the rye and sauerkraut sandwich, Reuben.
This hot-blooded young man had a one-night stand with one of his father’s sort-of wives (i.e., his step-mother), eventually getting him booted out of line for the first-born blessing rights, which was a really big deal back in those days. (Jacob would have known that, having maneuvered the same kind Continue reading “Reuben, more than a sandwich”