Son of Isaac and Rebekah and the older twin brother of Jacob.
Esau was the eldest son of Isaac and Rebekah, and Jacob's older twin brother. As firstborn Esau had a birthright to a double share of inheritance, but he sold this birthright to Jacob for a bowl of stew. Esau was a skillful hunter and Isaac's favorite son. When Isaac was near death he asked Esau to bring him a meal of wild game and then Isaac would bless him. While Esau hunted, Jacob disguised himself as Esau, brought food, and received a blessing. Esau was angry and Jacob departed to live with his uncle Laban. When Jacob returned, many years later, the two brothers were reconciled.
AUTHOR: Robert Brusic, Seminary Pastor Emeritus