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Esau

(ē`sô) [Heb.,=hairy], in the Bible, son of Isaac, who sold his birthright to his younger twin, JacobJacob
, in the Bible, ancestor of the Hebrews, the younger of Isaac and Rebecca's twin sons; the older was Esau. In exchange for a bowl of lentil soup, Jacob obtained Esau's birthright and, with his mother's help, received the blessing that the dying Isaac had intended for his
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, for lentil stew and who was tricked by Jacob out of his father's blessing. Also known as EdomEdom
, Idumaea,
or Idumea
, mountainous country, called also Mt. Seir. According to the Book of Genesis, it was given to Esau, also called Edom, and his descendants. It extended along the eastern border of the Arabah valley, from the Dead Sea to Elat.
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 [Heb.,=ruddy], the disinherited Esau settled on Mt. Seir, which became the home of his descendants, the Edomites, a tribe consistently hostile to the Jews. In tradition, Esau is represented as a rough hunter, deemed unworthy to inherit the mission of AbrahamAbraham
[according to the Book of Genesis, Heb.,=father of many nations] or Abram
[Heb.,=exalted father], in the Bible, progenitor of the Hebrews; in the Qur'an, ancestor of the Arabs.
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. The New Testament calls Esau "immoral and godless." Yet his descendants do become a nation, protected by God.

Esau

despised brother for stealing Isaac’s blessing. [O.T.: Genesis 27:41–42]
See: Hatred

Esau

Isaac’s son. [O.T.: Genesis 25:25]

Esau

Bible son of Isaac and Rebecca and twin brother of Jacob, to whom he sold his birthright (Genesis 25)
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