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Elder twin of Jacob and son of Isaac. Lived around 2000 bc. Ancestor of the Edomites. Famous for losing his birthright and blessing to Jacob. A section of Genesis is devoted to his descendants (Gen 36).
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Esau. Isaac’s son, and the older twin brother of Jacob (Gn 25:24–26), who was given this name because of the hair on his body at birth. The reddish color of the baby together with the color appearing in the episode of the lentil soup (Gn 25:30) led to the use of the term Edom, or “red.” The Edomites
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
ESAU Isaac’s son, and the older twin brother of Jacob (Gn 25:24–26), who was given this name because of the hair on his body at birth. The reddish color of the baby, together with the color appearing in the episode of the lentil soup (v 30), led to the use of the term Edom, or “red.” The Edomites claimed
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Esau (ee´saw), the older son of Isaac and Rebekah (Gen. 25–36). At his birth, Esau was unusually red and hairy in appearance, descriptions that involve puns on his legacy. Esau eventually settled in Seir (related to the Hebrew word for “hair”) and his descendants were said to live in Edom (from the Hebrew
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
ESAU. The son of Isaac and Rebekah, the elder twin brother of Jacob (Gen 25:24–26; 27:1, 32, 42; 1 Chr 1:34), is the traditional ancestor of the Edomites (cf. Gen 36; Mal 1:2–3}).The theory of the derivation of the word “Esau” is connected with the hairy covering on his body at birth: “The first came
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
ESAU. Esau was the elder of Isaac’s twin sons (Gn. 25:21–26). His relations with Jacob his brother are the subject of the well-known stories in Gn. 25:27–34; 27:1ff.; 32:3–12; 33:1–16. Esau was his father’s favourite son, and it was Isaac’s intention to impart to him the blessing that was the eldest
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Esau [ēˊsô] (Heb. ˓ēśāw; Gk. Ēsau).† The firstborn son of Isaac and Rebekah, and the older twin brother of Jacob. He came to be regarded as the eponymous ancestor of the Edomites.
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible
ESAU עשׂוI. Esau, twin brother of →Jacob is known as the eponym of the bĕnê ʿēsāw (Gen 25:19–34; 36:1–43) and the father of →Edom (Gen 36:9, 43; Akk Udumu; Ug udm (?); Eg idm; Gk Idoumaia). His name, sometimes connected to Ar âṯa, ‘to be hairy’ (Gen 25:25), is more likely explained as a hypocoristicon
Catholic Bible Dictionary
ESAU The twin brother of Jacob and the oldest son of Isaac and Rebecca (Gen 25:25). Esau struggled with his brother even in the womb for the right of being the firstborn. Esau was the first to be born, but he would lose the rights of the firstborn to his brother, Jacob. Esau was a hunter, whereas his
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