Jacob: Sons vs. Tribes Overview

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
This is lesson four in a 13-week series that I used in my class. I wanted one quarter to introduce the Old Testament with a basic timeline of the people and events. The students can learn what happened in the Old Testament and how those events lead to Jesus. These lessons are a combination of the Life Overview Series and other lessons. They have been updated and tweaked since I taught these. I will show you what I used to blend several posts into 13 lessons. It was basically pick and choose and you can change any to fit your needs or wants. For instance, I always teach Esther so that is one of the lessons. And I picked Daniel as the last lesson. Those can be substituted if you prefer another.
This lesson teaches about Jacob and his 12 Sons vs. the 12 Tribes of Israel. This lesson will explain how the two statements are somewhat alike, but what the differences are and God’s plan for that. They need to understand this concept before teaching about the land division with Moses and Joshua. The lesson explains the Big Picture. This is an updated lesson that was posted here. Keep in mind these lessons are slightly longer with very different application reviews.
One of the updates I created are these picture visuals. Click here to see the originals. Yes, it was time... they are 10 years old! Actually, older than that because I used them for several years before adding them here. I previously used Velcro on a tri-fold board. This time I decided to add magnets on the back of everything and use my white board. Either way makes a nice way to teach this lesson. Sorry, these are a separate link from the lesson file.  Click here to download the updated visuals.
I used these information Anchor Charts to explain certain concepts as I taught the lesson. There are more Anchor Charts and a map included. I added the question and answer worksheet to the application pack for convenience. The lesson is updated and the notes are included so you know when I changed certain items. For instance changing the title from Sons to Tribes and Jacob to Israel.
 Click here to download the lesson, these posters and the worksheet.
I also used this Bible Timeline File Folder Game. I made the pictures into stickers (which they love!) and the students added to it each week. Even though we studied Jesus and Acts after this quarter, rather than removing any pictures, I printed those pictures already on the page along with a couple that we wouldn't have as it's own lesson.
Click here if you want to print the one I used with some of the pictures already in place. This includes the completed teacher's visual also. 
The original file has a teacher's visual completed. and a student file folder without any pictures on the timeline. All pictures will need to be cut and glued or made into stickers to use. 
Click here to download the original.
Visuals include when Jacob leaves home and has his family in Genesis 28-30.
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Click here to download the pictures to color.
(These are the same as the visuals but are black & white.)
Visuals include Jacob leaving Laban's with his family, meeting Esau again and his name change.
https://www.biblefunforkids.com/2020/08/noah-abraham-and-isaac-overview.html https://www.biblefunforkids.com/2020/08/joseph-overview.html

Click here to see more for Jacob.
This lesson with visuals and application printables studies his family and wives.

Scripture References

Genesis 28:11-15 Jacob’s dream

Genesis 32:28 Jacob’s name changed to Israel

Genesis 35:10 Jacob called Israel

Genesis 35:23-26 sons listed

Genesis 47:28 Jacob lived in Egypt for 17 years and died at 147 years old

Genesis 50:13 Jacob buried in the cave with ancestors

Hosea 12:2-5 Jacob is mentioned


  1. I am floored by all the great lessons you have! I also love the way you present them. What a blessing this is...Thank you so much.

  2. Why are the likeness of those in the photos depicted as caucasian


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