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1. If you were compiling a family tree, how would you decide who gets included and who doesn’t? Would you include pirates and other “low-lifes”? Or would you skip them to highlight some moral purpose?
2. What family embarrassments would give you pause if you were to share that “tree” with your study group?
3. Why does the chronicler always call Jacob by his “other name” (verse 34)?
4. This section includes some “firsts” for women in the book of Chronicles. Let’s see if you genealogy sleuths can find the first mention . . .
- of a woman?
- of a daughter?
- of a grandmother?
5. What political leader (town or movement) takes on the name of a woman? Why are their names omitted?
6. What developments in the institution of marriage does chapter 1 recount? What happened to Hagar (verse 29; see Genesis 21)? What happened to Sarah (verse 34; see Genesis 23)? What happened to Keturah (verses 32 and 33; see Genesis 25:1 – 4)?
7. From the list of Abraham’s sons (verses 28 – 34), who seems to be regarded as the most important personalities? Why are they so vital?
8. In verses 35 – 54 (also Genesis 36:10 – 14, 20 – 43), why is such unusual detail devoted to people and places having little role in Israel’s development?
9. Will the real “Timna” please stand up (verses 36, 39, 51)? Is “she” a wife of Eliphaz? Or is “he” his son? And what kind of mother was she if her son’s tribe (the Amalekites) become Israel’s chief enemy (see 1 Samuel 15)?
10. What is significant about the kings mentioned here (verses 44 and following)?
11. What does Esau’s lineage tell us about God’s care for His people?
12. Of all the people groups (teams, families, associations) you belong to, which two most define who you are? Which one helps you decide which downtown agency to help with Thanksgiving meals? Which will help you decide what neighborhood to live in? Or how much income to declare on your income tax forms? Which groups influence your choice of clothes, hairstyle, leisure pursuits?
13. How might the strange listing of the Edomites make you think twice about which people you view as offensive, unattractive, outside your circles?
14. Do you think marriage was taken more seriously in Abraham’s day than today? Why or why not? Today we have ways of dissolving marriages which insure that the parties of a previous marriages are cared for. By today’s standard of equal rights, would Abraham’s efforts to provide for Hagar have passed muster? If the exile Hagar and her brood had moved next door to you, would you or your church be ready to assist her? Why or why not?