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Why does the author of Hebrews picture Esau as an immoral and godless person?

We read in Hebrews 12:16 : See to it that no one becomes like Esau, an immoral and godless person, who sold his birthright for a single meal. Gen 25:29-34 tells us how Jacob "bought" the ...
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Judah, Joseph, and Jacob's birthright

Jacob had twelve sons, the firstborn of whom was Reuben. Yet, the birthright that should have passed on to Reuben did not due to Reuben's sin against his father (1 Chronicles 5:1-2). Naturally, ...
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Why did Esau despise his birthright?

Genesis 25:29-34 tells the story about Esau selling his birthright because he is hungry and despised it. And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: And Esau said to ...
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Was Esau's Birthright also a physical token?

I read long ago in the Open Bible as a note, that birth rights were actually a physical carved token that Jacob tricked Esau out of, I guess a registered icon with the powers that be. Is this true? It'...
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What was the Birthright?

What, specifically, did Esau lose when he lost the birthright, and what did Jacob gain? What did the birthright represent, and why was it so highly prized by Jacob?
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