Here’s a paragraph you wrote:
“Whether Jacob believed in his breeding techniques or whether God instructed him to perform it as a sort of rite, like Moses holding up his rod so that the Jewish army would prevail over the Amalakites, we do not know. In either case, God, not [some wild or] invalid theories of breeding, increased Jacob’s flock at the expense of Laban’s.”
I was hoping you would make this clarification.
But it does have the makings of a pagan story… more akin to the “confusing” of the tongues at the building of the tower. Great story - - but ultimately kind of silly.