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Esau sells his birthright
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Birthright
Birthright (בְּכֹרָה‎, bekhorah). The special privileges granted to a firstborn son (Gen 25:33; 1 Chr 5:1; 2 Chr 21:3). The concept may be implied or intended in the New Testament (with the usage of πρωτότοκος, prōtotokos; in Rom 8:29; Col 1:18; Heb 1:4–6). For further information, see this article: Inheritance.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Birthright
birthright (Heb. bekorah), or primogeniture, the practice whereby the eldest son receives a larger (double) share of the inheritance than do his younger brothers. This preferential treatment of the eldest son is known throughout the ancient Near East (Mari, Nuzi, Alalakh, Ugarit, Assyria), although the
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Birthright
BIRTHRIGHT — a right, privilege, or possession to which a person, especially the firstborn son, was entitled by birth in Bible times. In Israel, as in the rest of the ancient world, the firstborn son enjoyed a favored position. His birthright included a double portion of his father’s assets upon his
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
Birthright
BirthrightThe concept of birthright is expressed in the OT by the noun ekôr/ḇekôrâ. It is inseparably linked to the notion of “firstborn” through their common Hebrew root bkr. Of the 158 occurrences of this root, only four are in a verbal form, which indicates that the nominal form is foundational
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Birthright
Birthʹright, a word denoting the special privileges and advantages belonging to the first-born among the Hebrews (Gen. 25:31). See First-Born.
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Birthright
BIRTHRIGHT Special privileges that belonged to the firstborn male child in a family. Prominent among those privileges was a double portion of the estate as an inheritance. If a man had two sons, his estate would be divided into three portions, and the older son would receive two. If there were three
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Birthright
birthright. The Hebrew word bĕkōrâ H1148 (from bŏōr H1147, “firstborn”) refers to the rights of the firstborn, the due of primogeniture. The ancient custom was that the family name and titles passed through the line of the eldest son. The appropriation of the birthright of Esau by Jacob, who then
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
BIRTHRIGHT
BIRTHRIGHT [בְּכֹרָהbekhorah; πρωτοτόκια prōtotokia]. The special privilege assigned to the firstborn of any father. This meant, in the first place, that he inherited two portions, that is, double the portions for the other males. (Females inherited only when there were no males.) See Deut 21:15–17;
Key passages
Ge 25:29–34

Once Jacob cooked a thick stew, and Esau came in from the field, and he was exhausted. And Esau said to Jacob, “Give me some of that red stuff to gulp down, for I am exhausted!” (Therefore his name was called Edom). Then Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright first.” And Esau said, …

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Heb 12:16;
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