The Bible's seeming endorsement of polygamy in the OTA bothers many of us. I'd like to look into this issue in the lives of Esau and Jacob. By way of introduction, I note that Isaac married only Rebekah, and he did so at age 40 (Genesis 25:20). On the other hand, the Bible clearly disapproves of Esau's marriage to two Hittite women at the same age:
34 When Esau was forty years old, he married Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite; 35 and they made life bitter for Isaac and Rebekah. (Gen 26)
It is immediately after this that Isaac blesses Jacob with the benediction originally intended for Esau. Isaac and Rebekah then send Jacob to Haran where he must marry among the Hebrews:
Isaac called Jacob and blessed him, and charged him, ‘You shall not marry one of the Canaanite women. 2 Go at once to Paddan-aram to the house of Bethuel, your mother’s father; and take as wife from there one of the daughters of Laban, your mother’s brother. (Gen 28)
Note the instruction: "take as wife one of the daughters of Laban." In the end Jacob married both of Laban's daughters: Rachel (as he intended) and Leah (through deception because she was the first-born.) I am wondering if Isaac and Rebekah waited too long to find a wife Esau, leading him to sin by marrying two women outside of the chosen clan. I also wonder if this marriage of Esau is what led to Rebekah and Jacob conspiring to deceive Isaac into giving Jacob the blessing originally intended for Esau, which then led to Jacob's being deceived by Leah and receiving two wives, one originally intended foo Esau, instead of one.
That was a mouthful, so I should simplify: My question: Did God originally intend for Esau to marry Leah instead of the Hittite women, and for Jacob to marry only Rachel?