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Why did God wait to give the law later?

Jacob needed to marry within his mother's clan (Gen. 28:2). He had contracted to marry Rachel. This promise was a formal betrothal, (29:18-19) probably legally binding, as it was in later times. But ...
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Why did God wait to give the law later?

The patriarchs were dealt with by God under faith, not legal works or legal commandments. Abraham was justified by faith, without the deeds of the law. Nor was any law required to be given to the ...
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Why does Rebekah want Jacob to get Esau’s blessing?

The matter began before what you are describing. When the twins were in her womb, before birth, they struggled together. Rebekah enquired of the Lord, why was it so ? The answer was 'The elder shall ...
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Is there a chronological issue in Genesis 25,26 and 27?

There is a lot of material out of chronological sequence in much of Genesis, put particularly the last half. Note the following: Isaac born to Abraham when he was 100 yeas old. Gen 21:1-5 Abraham ...
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Why didn't Esau try to kill Jacob?

That Esau held murderous, revengeful intentions is stated explicitly: Gen 27:41 - Esau held a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing his father had given him. And Esau said in his heart, “The ...
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Why does Rebekah want Jacob to get Esau’s blessing?

Why Rebekah wants Jacob to get Esau’s blessing? Let us firstly look at what Scriptures say about the subject. Esau could not have held his birthright in high esteem, for he traded it for a bowl of ...
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Why did God hate Esau from the womb when he had done no evil?

The answer to this I think can be found in Obadiah chapter 1: Because of the violence against your brother Jacob, you will be covered with shame; you will be destroyed forever. 11 On the day you ...
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Why did Esau marry Mahalath?

I think that this is supposed to be an illustration of his character. He respects his parents only in a shallow way. Another such case is when Esau plans on killing Jacob as soon as his father dies (...
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How do we know the Esau's grandson, Amalek, is the one the Amalekites are descended from?

The Hebrew name עֲמָלֵק ('Amaleq) occurs 39 times in the OT. The first two are the key to the rest: Gen 36:12 - Additionally, Timna, a concubine of Esau’s son Eliphaz, gave birth to Amalek. These ...
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Why did God hate Esau from the womb when he had done no evil?

[Rom 9:14-18] What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion....
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What and/or where is the smooth part of the neck?

Jacob was a smooth man, a plain man dwelling in tents. Esau was a hairy man, a hunter, a man of the field. And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain ...
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Is Mahalath the same as Basemath?

In Genesis we have two lists of Esau's three wives. List #1 Gen 26:34, 35, 28:9 Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite Mahalath, the sister of Nebaioth and ...
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What is the biblical significance of the "red hair" / "Scarlet thread" and the first born brother/twin?

What is the significance of red hair? Some people attribute all sorts of negative characteristics to people with red hair, but the colour of a person’s hair does not indicate their worth in God’s ...
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How do we know the Esau's grandson, Amalek, is the one the Amalekites are descended from?

I don't think this is true. Consider this passage, where "Haran" refers to both a place and a person, but the place was not named after the person: And Terah took his son Abram and his ...
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Is Obadiah 1:18 Saying That Every Last Edomite WIll be Killed?

Since "burning of stubble" is a metaphor (drawing on the way farmers sometimes clear their fields), the question is one of how literally the metaphor should be taken. In practice, stubble-...
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Why did Jacob bow 7 times to Esau? (Genesis 33:3-4)

Question #1 - Why seven times? The Cambridge commentary correctly observes: seven times Jacob prostrates himself before his brother, in token of complete subservience. Not content with one ...
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Why did Jacob bow 7 times to Esau? (Genesis 33:3-4)

Proverbs 24:16 Though the just fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble from only one mishap. Matthew 5:43-44 You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate ...
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Who were the Horites (Genesis 36:20)?

If you read both Hebrew and Akkadian, the Horites and Hurrians are obviously the same people. Akkadian is a cuneiform syllabic language that represents the vowel sounds as only three. It represents ...
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Who were the Horites (Genesis 36:20)?

Surprisingly little is said about the Horites in the Bible, with a mere seven verses using some variant on the demonym “Horite.” The first mention was at Gen 14:6, where they were said to be among the ...
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Why did Esau prosper before Israel (Genesis 36 and Deteronomy 2)?

There are many ways to approach this highly interesting question, which I will outline here. First, God told Abram that his descendants would not inherit the Promised Land until “they [the Egyptians, ...
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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?

Let us take up the last question first. There is an Anah is among “the sons of Seir” at Gen 36:20, yet Zibeon is in that same list of sons, and Zibeon is said to be the father of an Anah, though ...
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Why did Esau move out of Canaan (Genesis 36:6-8)?

Famously, Esau lightly esteemed his birthright, selling it for some red stuff—a detail, in retrospect, that looks highly symbolic: it seems only fitting that he would lightly esteem the land of his ...
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Why are there two toledoths in Genesis 36?

We might think of toledoth (an account of the generations) as meaning the story of the offspring of a person, or, in the case of the first toledoth, of the heavens and the earth. So perhaps Moses (the ...
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Is there significance / connection between Esau's appearance and the prophets clothing (Garment of hair)

Maybe the hairiness is in relation to man's lower nature being compared to a beast? Beasts are hairy? So in contrast a born again person would not be any longer a beast and not 'hairy' in nature?
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Hebrews 12:16,17 seems to incorrectly reference events in Genesis 25:29-34 & 27:35-38

God himself communicated with the boys' mother and God himself made it clear who would serve whom. Rebekah and Jacob followed God's will in the matter, despite Isaac having other ideas (initially). ...
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Is the answer to Obadiah 5 "yes" or "no"?

The key to understanding Obad 5 is Obad 6 & 7. V5 “If thieves came to you, if robbers by night— oh, how you will be ruined— would they not steal only what they wanted? If grape ...
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Why does Rebekah want Jacob to get Esau’s blessing?

Rebekah, the mother, clothes Jacob, the younger son (of the promise), in the garments of her older son. She then presents him to the father who gives the older son's blessing to him while the older ...
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