Jacob asks all of his sons to take him to Israel to bury him with his fathers. He goes on to say specifically where the cave is and that Abraham bought it, and who was buried there.
Discuss with your children:
- Why do you think it was important to Jacob to be buried in the same cave as his fathers?
- Why would Jacob have mentioned his fathers and not the mothers?
- Why do you think that it was important to Jacob to say exactly where the cave was?
- Why do you think that it was important to Jacob to say who Abraham had bought the cave from?
- Describe the place where you would like to be buried. Explain why these things are important to you.
- Make a presentation of some sort explaining exactly what a cave is and how it is formed.
- The cave that Jacob is buried in is situated in present day Hebron. Draw a map that his sons could follow from Egypt to the cave in Hebron.
- Research the city of Hebron. Write a report about it.
- Many people still go to the cave where Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob and Leah are buried. Research the cave and create a power point presentation about it.
- Why do you think that Jacob asked all of his sons to bury him in the cave?
- Joseph and Benjamin’s mother was not buried in this cave. How do you think they felt burying their father there? Write a diary entry, song, or poem to express their feelings.
- Why does Jacob refer to Abraham as his father?