What does Genesis 35:28 mean?
ESV: Now the days of Isaac were 180 years.
NIV: Isaac lived a hundred and eighty years.
NASB: Now the days of Isaac were 180 years.
CSB: Isaac lived 180 years.
NLT: Isaac lived for 180 years.
KJV: And the days of Isaac were an hundred and fourscore years.
NKJV: Now the days of Isaac were one hundred and eighty years.
Verse Commentary:
Isaac lives a good, long life, reaching 180 years of age. His father Abraham had also reached a considerable number of years (Genesis 25:7). Their lifespans serve as evidence of God's blessing, a part of His covenant promise to bless them (Genesis 17:1–8; 26:3–5). That covenant blessing was not entirely fulfilled in their lifetimes, but they both lived to see it partly completed, and carried on to the next generation (Hebrews 11:13–16).

No report is given of Rebekah's death. She was Jacob's mother, and was last depicted in Genesis when he fled from his murderous brother (Genesis 27:42–45). The general assumption is that Rebekah died before Jacob and his family returned to the land of Canaan.
Verse Context:
Genesis 35:16–29 describes Jacob's painful losses following God's great blessing at Bethel. His beloved wife Rachel dies giving birth to his twelfth son, Benjamin. Jacob buries her and builds a stone pillar to mark her tomb. Next, his firstborn son, Reuben, defiles the family by sleeping with one of Jacob's servant-wives. Though Jacob seems to do nothing, at first, Reuben will lose his birthright as a result. Finally, Jacob's father Isaac dies at 180 years old. Jacob and Esau reunite to lay their father to rest at the family burial cave at Mamre. The rest of Genesis will explain how the people of Israel came to live in Egypt.
Chapter Summary:
God commands Jacob to build an altar to Him at Bethel. This will fulfill vows Jacob made after encountering the Lord for the first time, as he was fleeing for his life from Esau. Jacob rids his family of all their false idols and travels to Bethel. God appears to him again, reaffirming all the covenant promises. As they travel away, Rachel dies giving birth to Jacob's twelfth son. His first son, Reuben, sleeps with Jacob's servant-wife Bilhah, losing his birthright as a result. Finally, Jacob's father Isaac dies at 180 years old.
Chapter Context:
Recent events have left Jacob fearful of the people of the land. His sons slaughtered an entire town to avenge their sister's rape. However, God apparently uses this bloodshed to inspire fear. Nobody attacks Jacob's family as they travel to Bethel, setting up an altar and renewing their covenant with God. Rachel dies giving birth to Benjamin. Jacob's eldest son sleeps with one of his servant-wives, losing his birthright. Isaac dies, and Jacob and Esau bury him in the family burial cave in Mamre. The story then focuses on Jacob's sons, primarily Joseph, as the family finds themselves drawn into Egypt.
Book Summary:
The book of Genesis establishes fundamental truths about God. Among these are His role as the Creator, His holiness, His hatred of sin, His love for mankind, and His willingness to provide for our redemption. We learn not only where mankind has come from, but why the world is in its present form. The book also presents the establishment of Israel, God's chosen people. Many of the principles given in other parts of Scripture depend on the basic ideas presented here in the book of Genesis. Within the framework of the Bible, Genesis explains the bare-bones history of the universe leading up to the captivity of Israel in Egypt, setting the stage for the book of Exodus.
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