From Numbers, it seems that the area between the rivers Arnon and Jabbok
was originally Moabite territory, and was subsequently conquered by Sihon, who in turn lost the land to the Israelites.
Micah, Isaiah, Luke, Hosea, Esau meeting Jacob at the Jabbok
Our task, like Jacob's at the Jabbok
, is to confront the shadowy other with whom we wrestle in the dark (6) (an inconvenient truth if ever I encountered one).
Wrestle at Jabbok
River: Power, Morality and Jewish Identity.
Like Jacob at the River Jabbok
wrestling with the angel until it blessed him, the old prophet thrashes out his peace with the Lord in the forest wilds, returning to Powderhead "bedraggled and hungry" as if he had been wrangling with a wildcat.
Brook, the narrator boxes with a stammering angel, whose "clicking" tongue annoys the narrator more than the angel's "jabs.
The Lord here is not a voice from an incandescent bush announcing that this is holy ground but an uncanny silent stranger who 'encounters' Moses, like the mysterious stranger who confronts Jacob at the Jabbok
ford, in the dark of the night.
34) It possible for us to conceive of the slaves, the women and the children actually crossing the Jabbok
on their own initiative to meet Jacob's brother and his family whom they had not yet met?
For example, the crossing of the River Jabbok
is described twice (128-31).
Steinmetz, "Luther against Luther"; "Luther and Augustine on Romans"; "Luther and the Hidden God"; "Abraham and the Reformation"; "Luther among the AntiThomists"; "Luther and Hubmaier on the Freedom of the Human Will"; "Scripture and the Lord's Supper in Luther's Theology"; "Luther and Calvin on Church and Tradition"; "Luther and the Drunkeness of Noah"; "Luther and Two Kingdoms"; "Luther and Formation in Faith"; "Luther and the Ascent of Jacob's Ladder"; and "Luther and Calvin on the Banks of the Jabbok
But this sort of thing is what systematics is about: Jacob wrestles the Stranger at the Jabbok
, hoping for a blessing before the match is done.
But he repeats that test with variations on Jacob at the ford of Jabbok
, Moses on the way down to Egypt, and the whole people at Sinai after the incident of the calf (and again and again in the wilderness): flashes of rage, passed on as terror to the people whose love he demands.