35:14 So Jacob set up a sacred stone pillar in the place where God spoke with him. 1 He poured out a drink offering on it, and then he poured oil on it. 2
35:20 Jacob set up a marker 3 over her grave; it is 4 the Marker of Rachel’s Grave to this day.
1 tn Heb “and Jacob set up a sacred pillar in the place where he spoke with him, a sacred pillar of stone” (see the notes on the term “sacred stone” in Gen 28:18). This passage stands parallel to Gen 28:18-19, where Jacob set up a sacred stone, poured oil on it, and called the place Bethel. Some commentators see these as two traditions referring to the same event, but it is more likely that Jacob reconsecrated the place in fulfillment of the vow he had made here earlier. In support of this is the fact that the present narrative alludes to and is built on the previous one.
2 tn The verb נָסַךְ (nasakh) means “to pour out, to make libations,” and the noun נֶסֶךְ (nesekh) is a “drink-offering,” usually of wine or of blood. The verb יָצַק (yatsaq) means “to pour out,” often of anointing oil, but of other elements as well.
3 tn Heb “standing stone.”
4 tn Or perhaps “it is known as” (cf. NEB).