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Worksheet 1

Name: _________________________________________________ Date: _____________

Abraham A Model of Faith

Read Genesis 11:27-13:18.

1. Where did Terah settle with his family?


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2. Why did Abram leave his home? Who accompanied him on his journey?
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3. Why did Abram and Lot part company? Where did they then reside?
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4. What did Abram do at several stopping places? What does this suggest about his belief in
God?
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5. God promised to give Abram _______________________________________________
and
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6. What prevented the fulfillment of one of Gods two promises?
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7. What did the LORDS messenger command Hagar to do? What promise did the Lords
messenger make to Hagar in the wilderness?
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8. What name did Hagar have for God? What was surprising to her? What name did Abram
give to Hagars son?
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Read Genesis 17
9. A second account of Gods covenant with Abram is given in Genesis 17. Abrams name
is changed to________________, which means ancestor of a multitude. Sarais name is
changed to _________, which means princess. Sarai is to conceive a son to be named
____________________, which means he laughed.
10. What was the mark of the covenant?
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Read Genesis 18-19
11. What was Abrahams first and important gesture toward the visitors? What did he offer to
the visitors?
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12. What was the message of the visitors? What was Sarahs reaction? How did this relate to
the childs name?
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13. Abraham and Lot both received messengers from God. Compare the hospitality each
showed to his visitors. Contrast the reception given by Abraham and Lot with the
inhospitableness of the townspeople of Sodom.
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Read Genesis 21:1-21: What two things did Abraham do following the birth of his son?
When did he throw a great feast?
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14. Why did Abraham send Hagar and Ishmael away? How did God reassure Abraham?
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15. Describe Hagar and Ishmaels plight in the wilderness. What does this scene teach us
about God?
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Read Genesis 22-23.
16. What did God ask of ABRAHAM? What do you think Abraham might have thought and
felt that moment? Why do you think God asked this of Abraham?
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17. Copy Genesis 22:12.
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18. Because Abraham acted as he did, his offspring would be as numerous as
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19. Describe a time when you were asked to sacrifice something of value to you. Were you
able to do it? Why?
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For further study and reflection:

1. In Genesis 13, Lot appears to have chosen the better land. Yet his fate was never as grand
as that of Abraham, our father in faith. Read the following stories involving Lot: Lots
Captivity and Rescue (The Four kings), Genesis 14; Judgment Pronounced on Sodom
(Abraham Intercedes for Sodom), Genesis 18:16-33; Sodom, Gomorrah, and their
Destruction, and Flight of Lots Family, Genesis 19:1-29; Origin of the Moab and
Ammon, Genesis 19-30-38. Discuss the commentary of these stories found in The New
Jerome Biblical Commentary or another commentary.

2. Muslims trace their lineage to Abraham through Hagars son Ishmael. Research further
the connection between Abraham and the religion of Islam.
Worksheet 2

Name: _________________________________________________ Date: _____________

Isaac and Jacoba Promise Fulfilled


Read Genesis 24:1-35:29.

1. In Genesis 24:1-4, Abraham made a promise to his servant that he would not allow his
son, Isaac, to marry a ____________________. Abraham sent the servant to the land of
his tribe, where the servant found a suitable wife for Isaac. What was the indication that
he had found the right woman?
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2. What did the servant give the woman and later her family? Was the arrangement
acceptable to the woman and her family?
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3. ________________________, sister of ________________, became Isaacs wife.
4. Through Isaacs intercession to the LORD, his wife became pregnant with
____________. What caused her concern?
5. Write out the LORDS response in Genesis 25:23.
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6. A message from the LORD is not to be taken lightly! How do you think the LORDS
message affected Rebekahs relationship with her sons?
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7. The hairy reddish one was called _____________ and was born ____________ (first or
second).
8. ________________came out of the womb gripping his brothers ___________.
9. ______________was his fathers favorite and ____________his mothers.
10. Why did Esau give up his birthright?
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11. Who initiated the deception of Isaac regarding the blessing? Why? How was Jacob able
to impersonate his brother?
12. Describe Isaacs reaction to Jacobs theft of Esaus blessing.
13. What were the two reasons for Jacobs Journey to Haran in Paddan-aram, the home of
Rebekahs brother,____________________?
14. What did Jacob see in his dream?
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15. What three things did God offer Jacob? What did Jacob promise in return?
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16. How did Laban trick Jacob? ________________________________________________
17. List all of the children of Jacob, and designate each ones mother as follows: Leah (L),
Rachel , Zilpah (Z), Bilhah (B).
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________________ ________________ ________________
________________ ________________ ________________
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________________ ________________ (see Genesis 34:1; 35:23-26)
18. Jacob tricked Esau. Laban tricked Jacob. Jacob tricked Laban. Rachel tricked Laban.
Could the author be making a point or points with all this deceptions? What do you
think?
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19. Jacob wrestled with a mysterious figure for an entire night. Jacob asked the man for a
________. Jacobs name was changed to __________, which means one who strives
with God. What do you think is the meaning of Jacobs struggle? What do the
following have to do with the meaning of the event: the promises at Bethel in Genesis
28:10-22, the impending meeting with Esau, the hip socket injury, the name change, and
surviving the sight of Gods face?
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19. Where did Jacobs family settle after they left Shechem?
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For further study and reflection:

1. As you will see in the Josephs saga, Jacob favored the sons of Rachel over the sons of
Leah and the maidservants. How was this revealed in Genesis 33:1-3? Explain the two
incidents that divided Jacob and his sons in Genesis 34:1-35:22.

2. Have you ever been surprised by the forgiveness of someone you offended? Journal on
this and reread Genesis 33:1-7. Have you had a powerful experience of reconciliation
following a conflict? Describe that in your journal.

3. Reflect on the faith and moral character of Jacob. In your opinion, did he change? If so,
how?
Worksheet 3

Name: _________________________________________________ Date: _____________

The Joseph Saga

Read Genesis 37-50:


1. Give two reasons why Jacob favored Joseph over his other sons.
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2. What events added to the brothers resentment of Joseph?
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3. What did both of Josephs dreams have in common?
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4. The brothers first plan was to
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Reubens plan was to ___________________ his intention was to
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Judahs plan was to ___________________________________________________.
5. How did Jacob (Israel) learn of his sons apparent end? What was his reaction?
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6. The story of Judah and Tamar is located here to show the passage of time. How did Judah
dishonor Tamar? How did she take charge of the situation?
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7. Tamar is one of only five women included in Matthews genealogy of Jesus. Why do you
think she is included?
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8. What reason was given for Josephs success in the household of his master in Egypt ?
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9. Joseph was accused of ___________________ by
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10. What theme is repeated in Genesis 39:20-
23?_____________________________________
11. What is the message of the cupbearers dream?
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12. What is the message of the bakers dream?
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13. What did Joseph ask of the cupbearer?
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14. Briefly describe the two dreams of the pharaoh and Josephs interpretation of them.
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15. In Genesis 41:38, what did the pharaoh say of Joseph?
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16. What things were given to Joseph?
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17. His sons were named ______________, meaning ___________________,
and_________________, meaning________________________________________.
18. Egypt had more than enough food during the famine and was therefore able to
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19. What is the significance of Genesis 42:6?
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20. What might have prevented the brothers from recognizing Joseph?
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21. Joseph accused his brothers of being ________________.
22. Why do you think he tested them? What was the test?
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23. What did Joseph overhear, and how did he react?
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24. What disturbed the brothers when they returned home?
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25. Do the brothers return immediately? Why?
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26. What amazed the brothers at the banquet?
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27. The brothers passed the first test (returning the money and bringing Benjamin). Joseph
then tested them a final time. What was the test? Explain why this was the perfect test,
given their crime against Joseph long ago. In other words, how did the test connect with
the original crime of the brothers?
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28. What was Judahs offer?
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29. What did Joseph revealed his identity?
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30. What did Joseph believe about the turn of events in his life?
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31. Whom did Jacob bless in Genesis 48? What is unusual about this blessing?
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32. Where did Jacob and Joseph wish to be buried? Why?
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