Genesis 30 -31 ,selection /and breeding
I’m sure this has been discussed before , but I couldn’t find a live thread .
Selection is the base mechanism of Evolutionary theory ,
Artificial selection (humans choose mates)
Natural selection (generally females of species choose mates)
But the mechanics are the same (trait selection )
Without doubt Jacob uses trait selection , it is evident in the account (ringstraked, spotted,etc )
An interesting point , consistent breeding of spotted goats requires both a male AND female carrying the recessive spotted genes .the more history of spots in the lineages , the greater the chance of spotted offspring .
In Genesis 31 it states that the males that bred the females carried the same traits .
I can provide a link to a prize winning spotted goat breeders that explain the relation between recessive genes and breeding the unique trait if someone needs .
This is applied Evolutionary theory or artificial selection .
The question I have for you is -
Has anyone considered that the green , skinned rods of poplar,Chestnut,and hazel set in place similar in effect to breeding fences,stocks,barricade insuring the female stays in place distracted ,giving the male easier access to the female in “season” ?
I ask this because of one hint in the account …Jacob culled the offspring "Jacob separated the lambs …"
If the rods were (as many have sarcastically claimed )“God’s magic sticks " , why then would Jacob need to call the offspring . God’s power is not by half measures .” Magic sticks " would not require culling of the lambs .
It is my speculation that the green flexible rods were some form of breeding restraint .
Many would say that I have removed God from the account , but in Genesis 31 :9 Jacob credits God .
Further , in 31:11-12 the angel of the Lord explained the process to Jacob " all the Rams which leaped upon the cattle are ringstraked , speckled,…"
God gives this insight to Jacob via a dream .
I speculate that the miracle is not the rods or selective breeding itself ,
But knowledge from God .
In my opinion this is consistent with other biblical accounts of divine knowledge/foreknowledge/prophecy/wisdom which proverbs attributes to God
Dan 1:17 “… God gave them knowledge …”
Proverbs 1:7 "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge…"
Thank you for reading ,
One love (agape) , God bless