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Questions about Esau, son of Isaac & Rebekah, and brother of Jacob

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Does “before there reigned any king over the children of Israel” (Gen 36:31) not show evidence of being written after the start of Israel’s monarchy?

The remark that Edom had kings "before there reigned any king over the children of Israel" (Genesis 36:31) might be used by critics to suggest that the author knew of kings presently in ...
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Who were the Horites (Genesis 36:20)?

Seir is identified as a "Horite" at Genesis 36:20. Who, then, were the Horites?
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Why did Esau prosper before Israel (Genesis 36 and Deteronomy 2)?

Jacob was promised the land of Canaan for a possession; yet his brother Esau came into his own kingdom long before, according to Genesis 36 and Deuteronomy 2, despite the word given to Rebekah, "...
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Was Anah—the parent of Aholibamah, wife of Esau—a man or woman (Gen 36:20)? And, if a man, was he Seir’s son or grandson?

Anah is called "daughter of Zibeon" at Genesis 36:2 and 14, but multiple masculine forms are used to describe this person in 36:24; and in the next verse, Aholibamah is listed among "...
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What are “dukes” or “chiefs” in the text of Genesis 36?

We read the usual genealogies in Genesis 36, of Esau’s family and Seir the Horite’s, and then some of the names are repeated as “duke” or “chief” (depending on the translation) so-and-so. What was a “...
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Why did Esau move out of Canaan (Genesis 36:6-8)?

Esau had been murderously enraged at Jacob (Genesis 27:41-42) and, upon learning on his brother's return to Canaan, rushed to meet him with 400 men (32:6, 33:1), a move that could have been aggressive ...
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Why is Zibeon called a “Hivite” and not “Horite” at Gen 36:2? Was this not the son of “Seir the Horite” (36:20)?

Esau's wife Aholibamah is said to be "the daughter of Anah the daughter of Zibeon the Hivite" (Gen 36:2). It is easy to fail to notice that a Zibeon is listed further down in the chapter as ...
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Why are there two toledoths in Genesis 36?

Genesis 36:1 begins: Now these are the generations of Esau, who is Edom. Nine verses later (36:9), we read again: And these are the generations of Esau the father of the Edomites in mount Seir Why ...
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What is the biblical significance of the "red hair" / "Scarlet thread" and the first born brother/twin?

I've been reading the stories about the births of twins in Genesis. Firstly about Isaacs sons Jakob and Esau (Gen 25) and secondly about Judahs sons Perez and Zerah (Gen 38). The stories share many ...
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Is there significance / connection between Esau's appearance and the prophets clothing (Garment of hair)

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 ...
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Is Mahalath the same as Basemath?

Genesis 28:9 NIV 9 so he went to Ishmael and married Mahalath, the sister of Nebaioth and daughter of Ishmael son of Abraham, in addition to the wives he already had. Genesis 36:2-3 NIV 2 Esau took ...
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Hebrews 12:16,17 seems to incorrectly reference events in Genesis 25:29-34 & 27:35-38

Allow me to be much more succinct, per feedback received. It seems to me that Esau clearly states, at least in his belief, that the birthright and the blessing are two separate and distinct things ...
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Why didn't Esau try to kill Jacob?

This is a question about the intention/actions of Esau in Genesis 33. We know Esau wanted to kill Jacob. See How did Rebekah know that Esau was planning to kill his brother in Genesis 27:42? Some ...
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Did Genesis 36 happen before Genesis 32?

In Genesis 36:6-8 (NASB) 6 Then Esau took his wives, his sons, his daughters, and all his household, and his livestock and all his cattle, and all his property which he had acquired in the land of ...
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Who were Esau's wives?

In Genesis 26:34-35 (NASB) When Esau was forty years old he married Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite; 35 and they brought grief to Isaac and ...
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Is the blessing of the father included in the birthright?

In Genesis 25:29-34 we read that Esau sold his birthright to Jacob. Later, in Genesis 27, we see that Jacob has to plot with Rebekah in order to get that blessing. So, it appears as if Jacob was aware ...
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Was Isaac aware that Jacob was fleeing Esau?

It seems only the mother was aware of the threat that Esau had issued Genesis 27:42 NIV 42 When Rebekah was told what her older son Esau had said, she sent for her younger son Jacob and said to him, “...
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What and/or where is the smooth part of the neck?

“And the skins of the young goats she put on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck.” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭27:16‬ ‭ Where is this smooth or sometimes translated slippery חלקת part of the neck? Some ...
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Genesis 25:27-34 , was Esau like a famished/hungry whining adolescent/teenager Or was he really Starving, and genuinely needed food?

Genesis 25:27-34 27 When the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the field, but Jacob was a [s]peaceful man, [t]living in tents. 28 Now Isaac loved Esau, because [u]he had a taste ...
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Is the answer to Obadiah 5 "yes" or "no"?

Rhetorical questions in Obadiah 5 (LEB): “If thieves came to you, if plunderers of the night—How you have been destroyed!—would they not steal ⌊what they wanted⌋? If grape gatherers came to you, ...
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Is there a chronological issue in Genesis 25,26 and 27?

In Genesis 25 we meet Isaac who marries Rebecca.Rebecca conceives and gives birth to twins Esau and Jacob.Isaac is above sixty years of age when the chapter closes. Genesis 25 NASB 20 and Isaac was ...
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Why does Rebekah want Jacob to get Esau’s blessing?

From reading Genesis 27:1-40 we see Rebekah overhearing a conversation between Isaac and Esau and, from there, plotting a theft in order for Jacob to receive the blessing meant for his brother, and ...
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Why did God hate Esau from the womb when he had done no evil?

In my effort to take a survey on the character of Esau, I seem to be running into more difficulties in unveiling why the All-Loving God had to declare hatred for Esau right from the womb when he had ...
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Why did Esau marry Mahalath?

Genesis 28:6–9: 6 Now Esau learned that Isaac had blessed Jacob and had sent him to Paddan Aram to take a wife from there, and that when he blessed him he commanded him, “Do not marry a Canaanite ...
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