Genesis 33: A Glad Reunion (and a rather boring chapter)

Finally Jacob came across Esau and his army and bowed down to him and his army, surely ready to meet his doom. But Esau embraced his brother and his family, and graciously received his brother’s gift of several hundred cattle. After this glad reunion, Esau returned to …Continue reading Reunited

A Wrestling Match

Genesis 32: Why we don’t eat hip tendon

Returning home, Jacob sent off a messenger ahead of him to tell his brother Esau where he’d been and to ask for his hospitality, but the messenger returned with news that Esau was riding out to meet Jacob with four hundred men. Jacob was afraid for himself and his …Continue reading A Wrestling Match

Jacob Makes a Friend

Genesis 28: A decent ROI

Before Jacob fled, Isaac called him into his tent again and told him he wasn’t allowed to marry a Canaanite woman, and to go to Laban and marry one of his cousins instead. Jacob did just that. In response, Esau took on yet another wife and married one of his other cousins.

One …Continue reading Jacob Makes a Friend

Esau and Jacob II

Genesis 26-27: Esau falls for it again

During another famine, Isaac waited out in Gerar, and like his father before him, passed off his wife Rebekah as his sister out of fear for his own life. King Abimelech, however, was no fool and having fallen for this very trick before, said to Isaac, “What are you trying …Continue reading Esau and Jacob II

Esau and Jacob

Genesis 25: The jerk brother

The Lord, taking on the role of an obstetrician, appeared to the now-pregnant Rebekah and prophesised that she would have twins, and that one would be stronger than the other, and that the elder would be subservient to the younger. Sure enough, Isaac and Rebekah were blessed with two baby boys.

Esau was …Continue reading Esau and Jacob