Shining a light on the weekly Bible Lessons published in the Christian Science Quarterly® 

Mortals and Immortals

Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. 

Jacob’s struggle takes place during his journey back to Beersheba after twenty years in Haran. On the outward trip he was a fugitive, traveling alone and without possessions. But he encountered God at Bethel and received a divine promise of land and descendants—as well as God’s pledge “I . . . will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land” (28:15). 

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Resources quoted in this issue

RR: Barnes, Albert. Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Whole Bible. New York, 1834–85. Also available at

Cit. 3: Dummelow, John Roberts, ed. A Commentary on the Holy Bible by Various Writers. New York: MacMillan, 1936; Davids, Peter H. New International Biblical Commentary—James. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 1989.

Cit. 5: Gill, John. Exposition of the Old and New Testaments. London, 1746–63. Also available at

Cit. 15: NLT Study Bible. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2017.

Cit. 16: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible: A Commentary in Twelve Volumes. Vol. 10, Acts, Introduction to Epistolary Literature, Romans, 1 Corinthians. Nashville: Abingdon, 1996–2001.

Cit. 17: Mounce, William D., ed. The Analytical Lexicon to the Greek New Testament. Grand Rapids, Zondervan, 1993.

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