1. The story begins with Rebekah at the side of her dying father. Her mother and her brother Laban do something that changes the course of Rebekah’s future. What do they do, and how does it set the tone for the rest of the story?
2. After her father’s death, Rebekah is at the mercy of Laban and must wait on him to secure a husband for her. Have you ever been in a situation where your future depended on someone else’s decision? How did you respond?
3. Laban moves Rebekah to their grandfather’s home in Paddan-Aram in an apparent attempt to better sort out the choices for her husband. Laban wants to gain as much wealth as possible from the arrangement, while Rebekah wants to marry an honest, noble man. When faced with opposing desires and demands, how does Rebekah handle things? How do you handle personal opposition?
4. Rebekah has a strained relationship with her mother, who seems to favor Laban above all others, even her own husband. How does her mother’s relationship to Laban set the stage for Rebekah’s struggles with her own mother/son relationships in the future?
5. In chapter 4, Rebekah and Deborah are at home when a merchant stops by and delivers household gods that Laban had purchased. What does this say about Laban’s character?
6. In chapter 5, we meet Isaac. What do we learn about his relationship to his mother, Sarah? Do you think it was dysfunctional? Why or why not?
7. Later in the chapter, we meet Abraham’s new family—Keturah and her six sons. Isaac and his father appear to have a strained relationship due to the history of Isaac’s binding. Do you think Isaac’s struggles are realistic? Or should he have gotten over the past by this time? Why or why not?
8. In chapter 6, we read the story of Isaac’s binding. If you were to put yourself in the place of each of the main characters in the narrative, how do you think you would have felt if you were Abraham? Isaac? And later, hearing of the tale in the aftermath, Sarah?