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The older brother of Jacob, and son of Isaac and Rebekah

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Why does Rebekah want Jacob to get Esau’s blessing? [migrated]

From reading Genesis 27:1-40 we see Rebekah overhearing a conversation between Isaac and Esau and, from there, plotting a theft in order for Jacob to receive the blessing meant for his brother, and ...
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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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What is the difference between the Edomites and the Amalekites?

Esau is considered the ancestor of the Edomites. He is also the grandfather of Amalek. According to the Book of Genesis, Amalek was the son of Eliphaz and his concubine Timna. Eliphaz was the first-...
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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?