reported by BNP via the Genesis Review
A hiker, who identifies himself as Jacob Isaacson, traveled the 600 mile trail from Beersheba to Paddan-aram last month. He says he was forced to spend some nights without shelter because he left home under stressful circumstances and couldn’t take time to pack many supplies.
Other than being hungry and tired, he says he didn’t have much trouble on the journey. He did tell of using a rock for a pillow, which has some observers accusing him of manufacturing drama in the adventure. They say that surely he could have found something softer.
Adding to the commotion surrounding his arrival in town, is his account of a spectacular dream during the night when he slept on the rock. He tells of a huge set of steps that led all the way to the Supreme Being. The rising walkway was populated by emissaries of His, who were coming and going on assignment. Already, several religious leaders in the region have begun blessing rocks and offering them to followers for a donation.
Most troubling to some homeowners, is the divine message that Mr. Isaacson’s family is destined to take ownership of the whole country south of Haran. Many people laugh at the possibility, saying that Mr. Isaacson obviously lacks the resources for such a take over. However, his detractors have yet to respond to the news that he has close family connections in Paddan-aram.
His uncle, Laban Bethuelson, is an established local rancher. The two men have already entered into a business contract. Sources say that it includes Mr. Isaacson’s marriage to the Bethuelsons’ youngest daughter, after a seven year engagement period. The buzz on the street is that other fathers are discussing getting such advantageous and profitable arrangements for themselves, but their daughters are lobbying against it.
(for further information see Genesis 28 and 29:1-20)