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Esau Quotes (5 quotes)

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The story of the twin brothers Jacob and Esau illustrates that . For that to happen between Palestinians and Israelis, as the Jacob and Esau.

Jacob and Esau

This is one of the many-times repeated exploration in the Book of Genesis of the struggle between older and younger siblings — all, I think, to teach the same lesson. The cease-fire certainly does not mean Israel and Palestine have yet achieved a reconciliation. But the arc of our just-lived history and the arc of the Torah story bear some resemblance. Jacob, the younger brother by just a few minutes in their twin birth, is constantly clawing at, wrestling with, his older brother. Then Jacob through trickery wins the blessing and the first-born birthright that should have gone to Esau. Much of the entire Book of Genesis is about the difficult relationships of older and younger siblings. Legally, as we learn later in the Torah, the older brother is entitled to a double portion of inheritance.

When it comes to Torah, the Five Books of Moses, there is the depth and wisdom of its pages; a timeless source of meaning and insight. Its words have been examined down the centuries in original and dynamic ways to provide fresh meaning to answer different needs and realities as they arise. The rabbis exegesis of the Biblical text found throughout their discussions in the Talmud and Midrashic collections are a case in point. That potent process continues today. The story of the twin brothers Jacob and Esau illustrates that enduring dynamism. On face value, the peshat, their story unfolds as follows. Their relationship starts before they are even born; in Rebekah's womb they struggle with one and the other.

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This conflict was paralleled by the affection the parents had for their favored child: "Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob. Even since conception, their conflict was foreshadowed: "And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the L ORD. And the L ORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger. Genesis states that Esau was born before Jacob, who came out holding on to his older brothers heel as if he was trying to pull Esau back into the womb so that he could be firstborn. In Genesis, Esau returned to his brother, Jacob, being famished from the fields. Jacob offered to give Esau a bowl of stew in exchange for his birthright the right to be recognized as firstborn and Esau agreed.

He is mentioned in the Book of Genesis , [3] and by the prophets Obadiah [4] and Malachi. According to the Hebrew Bible, Esau is the progenitor of the Edomites and the elder brother of Jacob , the patriarch of the Israelites. Of the twins, Esau was the first to be born with Jacob following, holding his heel. Isaac was sixty years old when the boys were born. Esau, a "man of the field", became a hunter [1] who had "rough" [2] qualities that distinguished him from his twin brother. Among these qualities were his red hair and noticeable hairiness.

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