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People: Esau


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