I'm curious if there is any significance or connection between Esau's appearance and the prophets clothing. (Garment of hair)
Esau birth is described in Gen 25:25
The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau
He is describe as being born with his whole body being covered like a "garment of hair" or "cloak / mantel of hair". (which is where his name comes from.) This garment of hair of course becomes integral to his and his brothers Jakobs story with Jakob disguising himself in hairy animal skin in order to deceive his father into believing he is Esau and claim his birth right.
Later we see the Prophets of Israel adopt a distinctive attire which identifies them as prophets. It is described using the same wording as Esaus appearance. A "Garment of Hair"
EG: Elijah in 2 Kings 1:8
They replied, “He had a garment of hair] and had a leather belt around his waist.” The king said, “That was Elijah the Tishbite.”
John the Baptist Mat 3:4
John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist.
Also Zacharia 13:4
And on that day every prophet who prophesies will be ashamed of his vision, and he will not put on a hairy cloak in order to deceive.
Is anyone aware if this has been discussed by theologians ? Is there any potential meaning or connection made between Esau's story and the role of the prophets and their outfits ? I was curious if potentially the passing of "birth right" in Esaus story was meant to in some way represent the role of prophets. Curious if anyone has any insights or could point me towards reading material if they are aware of any that discuss this.