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Monday, January 30 2017
What Did Jacob Do With The Stones Of Bethel?
"He took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep ... And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first"
Luz (pronounced in Hebrew as looz) was a Canaanite city that was recorded in the Bible as the place where Jacob (the LORD hadn't yet renamed him as "Israel" - that happened over 20 years later when Jacob was returning from Syria; see The Syrian Refugees and A Biography Of Jacob: When Jacob Became Israel) had his famous "stairway to heaven" dream while using the stones of the city as pillows.
While Jacob renamed the city as Bethel from that incident, it seems highly unlikely that the name was simply then adopted by the Canaanite rulers - why would they have obeyed him in their country? Although it is referred to as Bethel in the Bible record, it did not become nationally-known as such until after the Israelites took possession of the land of Canaan, after the Exodus, over 400 years later (see also The Israel Lottery).
"28:10 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.
Upon his return from Syria twenty years later (see A Biography Of Jacob: The Return To Canaan), Jacob again stopped at Luz / Bethel and built an altar there - again, from the apparently abundant stones round the city.
"35:6 So Jacob came to Luz, which is in the land of Canaan, that is, Bethel, he and all the people that were with him. 35:7 And he built there an altar, and called the place Elbethel: because there God appeared unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother." (Genesis 35:6-7 KJV)
So too while there, Rebekah's "nurse" Deborah died. She was buried beneath an oak tree. As was customary (and practical, to protect it from scavengers), the grave was almost certainly covered with stones - from the same source as Jacob's earlier uses for them.
"35:8 But Deborah Rebekah's nurse died, and she was buried beneath Bethel under an oak: and the name of it was called Allonbachuth." (Genesis 35:8 KJV)
Fact Finder: Who was Hiel of Bethel? What prophecy did he fulfill?
This Day In History, January 30
1018: The Peace of Bautzen was signed between Holy Roman Emperor Henry II (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) and the Piast ruler of Poland Boleslaw I Chrobry. It temporarily ended a series of wars between Germany and Poland (the Second World War of 1939-1945 was triggered by the German invasion of Poland in September of 1939).
1606: English Roman-Catholics Everard Digby, Thomas Winter, John Grant and Thomas Bates were executed for their part in the "Gunpowder Plot" to blow up the British Houses of Parliament and King James I (after whom the King James Bible was named). The goal of the treasonists was to return Britain under the rule of the Papacy.
1648: The Eighty Years War between the Netherlands and Spain came to an end with the signing of the Treaty of Munster and Osnabruck.
1649: King Charles I (the son and successor of King James I, after whom the King James Bible was named) of England was beheaded for treason, primarily due to his involvement with Roman Catholicism.
1800: The official U.S. population: 5,308,483 people, of which 1,002,037 were black people held as slaves.
1820: The first known sighting of Antarctica (by Europeans) occurred when William Smith, a sealer, and Edward Bransfield of the Royal Navy sailed through what is now called Bransfield Strait and saw the Antarctic Peninsula to the south.
1835: Andrew Jackson survived the first-ever known assassination attempt on a U.S. President (4 were assassinated: Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, Kennedy; 11 others survived gunshot wounds or other assassination attempts).
1902: Britain and Japan signed a treaty providing for the independence of China and Korea.
1911: The Canadian Naval Service became the Royal Canadian Navy. By the time of the Second World War, Canada had the fifth-largest navy in the world, extending through the "Cold War" era of the 1950s and 1960s when Canada had 3 aircraft carriers.
1933: Newly-elected Adolf Hitler was sworn in as Chancellor (Prime Minister) of Germany by German President Paul von Hindenburg (see Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative? and Why Does Satan Love Liars?). After Germany's "9-11" a month later, (the burning of the Reichstag, the German Parliament Building, by a "terrorist" - a mentally-retarded man from the Netherlands, Marinus van der Lubbe, who many historians believe was either completely innocent, or a patsy of the Nazis; he was executed in 1934, but posthumously pardoned in 2008; see also The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator), Hitler later assumed both offices for himself as "der Fuhrer" ("the leader") in order to "protect" his people (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1937: 13 anti-Communists were sentenced to death for participating in a plot, allegedly led by Leon Trotsky, to overthrow the Soviet regime and assassinate its leaders.
1943: During the Second World War (1939-1945), the British Air Force carried out the first daylight bombing raid on Berlin.
1948: Mohandas Gandhi, 79, was assassinated at a prayer meeting by Pandit Nathuram Godse, a Hindu fanatic who objected to Gandhi's tolerance for Muslims.
1964: A coup overthrew the government of South Vietnam. It was the second military takeover of the government in 3 months.
1965: The funeral of Sir Winston Churchill was held in London, one of the largest in British history. His defiance of Adolf Hitler during the darkest days of the Second World War was exemplified in his famous speech after the "Miracle of Dunkirk" (which it was): "We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills, we shall never surrender."
1968: The Vietnam War (which was actually a civil war between the Vietnamese people whose single country had been partitioned in 1954, by the French at the end of the First Indochina War, into North and South Vietnam) "Tet Offensive" began - nearly 70,000 North Vietnamese troops launched a surprise attack against South Vietnam.
1973: G. Gordon Liddy and James McCord (Whitehouse associates of Richard Nixon) were convicted of burglary, wire-tapping and attempted bugging of the Democratic headquarters at the Watergate building in Washington.
1991: The Hudson's Bay Company announced that it was getting out of the fur business, the trade on which the company was founded in 1670 (see also Who Invented Fur Coats?).