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Genealogies: Jacob Declines and Esau Prospers (35:21–37:1): The Shrunken Genealogy of Jacob (35:21–29)The Expansive Genealogy of Esau (Chap. 36)

Thomas L. Brodie

in Genesis as Dialogue: A Literary, Historical, and Theological Commentary

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195138368
eISBN:
9780199834037
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195138368.003.0034
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The following two texts consist essentially of genealogies – the shrunken genealogy of Jacob (Genesis 35:21–29) and the expansive genealogy of his old nemesis, Esau (36:1–37:1). The brevity of ... More


Absent Hair

Susan Niditch

in "My Brother Esau Is a Hairy Man": Hair and Identity in Ancient Israel

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195181142
eISBN:
9780199869671
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181142.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter explores a set of biblical texts dealing with the loss or absence of hair: the tale of David's envoys in 2 Samuel 10:4–5; related texts concerning conquest and images of shaving; ... More


"My Brother Esau Is a Hairy Man": Hair and Identity in Ancient Israel

Susan Niditch

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195181142
eISBN:
9780199869671
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181142.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The story of Jacob and Esau is told in the book of Genesis. With his mother's help, Jacob impersonates his hairy older twin by dressing in Esau's clothes and covering his own hands and the nape of ... More


“Famous” Fetuses in Rabbinic Narratives

Gwynn Kessler

in Imagining the Fetus: The Unborn in Myth, Religion, and Culture

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195380040
eISBN:
9780199869077
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380040.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, World Religions

This chapter examines rabbinic narratives about fetuses recorded in compilations dating from the third through the tenth centuries CE. Instead of placing these traditions within the context of ... More


Isaac's Jacob‐Oriented Journey (25:19–26:33): The Family: Problems of Birth and Beauty (25:19–26:11) The Family: Problems of Birth and Beauty (25:19–26:11) The Outside World: Problems With Contending Philistines and Wealth (26:12–33)

Thomas L. Brodie

in Genesis as Dialogue: A Literary, Historical, and Theological Commentary

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195138368
eISBN:
9780199834037
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195138368.003.0029
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The Bible's first biography‐like narrative, that of Jacob, begins here. The diptych (Genesis 25:19–26:33) gives an important role to Isaac, first to his family (25:19–26:11), then to the world around ... More


Blessing and Betrothal: Jacob Deceives and Is Deceived (26:34–29:30): The Deceptive Blessing (26:34–27:45) The Deceptive Blessing (26:34–27:45) The Deceptive Betrothal (27:46–29:30)

Thomas L. Brodie

in Genesis as Dialogue: A Literary, Historical, and Theological Commentary

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195138368
eISBN:
9780199834037
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195138368.003.0030
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The diptych of Jacob's youth centers around blessing (Genesis 26:34–27:45) and betrothal (27:46–29:30). The two are related: blessing bestows vitality and so strengthens betrothal/marriage. There are ... More


The Long Journey Homeward (Chaps. 31–33): The Fear in Meeting Laban (31:1–32:2)The Greater Fear in Meeting Esau (32:3–Chap. 33)

Thomas L. Brodie

in Genesis as Dialogue: A Literary, Historical, and Theological Commentary

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195138368
eISBN:
9780199834037
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195138368.003.0032
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Jacob's journey homeward, after an absence of twenty years, consists of two main episodes: journeying in fear to meet Laban (Genesis 31:1–32:2), and journeying in greater fear to meet Esau, the ... More


Paul

Carol Harrison

in Rethinking Augustine's Early Theology: An Argument for Continuity

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199281664
eISBN:
9780191603402
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199281661.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter argues that Augustine’s attempts at interpreting Paul in the mid 390s, culminating in the Ad Simplicianum, must not be read as representing a dramatic break with earlier ideas of human ... More


Interlude Jacob and Esau

Simon Palfrey

in Poor Tom: Living "King Lear"

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780226150642
eISBN:
9780226150789
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226150789.003.0025
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This section considers the biblical tale of Isaac’s sons, Jacob and Esau, as a model for Edgar and Edmond. Shakespeare does not make each brother correspond to a single figure, but rather swaps and ... More


You Shall Never Kill

Adriana Cavarero and Angelo Scola

in Thou Shalt Not Kill

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780823267347
eISBN:
9780823272341
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823267347.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

Philosopher Emmanuel Lévinas proposes a radical re-interpretation of the sixth commandment in which the prohibition of homicide holds in all times and all situations. He assigns bloodshed no ... More


The Physician of Souls: Suffering as Remedial Punishment

Mark S. M. Scott

in Journey Back to God: Origen on the Problem of Evil

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199841141
eISBN:
9780199949809
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199841141.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

The fourth chapter examines Origen's theological cosmology. In particular, it argues that God designs the cosmos to catch fallen souls from drifting into ontological oblivion. It explains the ... More


And Jacob Came Out: Parashat Vayetzei (Genesis 28:10–32:3)

Yoel Kahn

in Torah Queeries: Weekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814720127
eISBN:
9780814785249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814720127.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Sociology of Religion

This chapter focuses on Jacob's account, highlighting his queer characteristics and his journey toward Be'er Sheva. In contrast with Esau who personifies a macho older brother incline to extreme ... More


“Brother Where Art Thou?”: Reflections on Jesus in Martin Buber and the Hasidic Master Shmuel Bornstein of Sochaczev

Shaul Magid

in Hasidism Incarnate: Hasidism, Christianity, and the Construction of Modern Judaism

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780804791304
eISBN:
9780804793469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804791304.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The focus on this chapter is a comparison of the figure of Jesus in the thought of Martin Buber and the early twentieth-century Hasidic master Shmuel Bornstein of Sochaczev. Buber was well-known for ... More


Tragical Mimesis and Biblical Interpretation I: Primitive Tragedies in Genesis

Paul M. Blowers

in Visions and Faces of the Tragic: The Mimesis of Tragedy and the Folly of Salvation in Early Christian Literature

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198854104
eISBN:
9780191888458
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198854104.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter moves straightaway into the first, and foundational, form of early Christian tragical mimesis, the interpretation of tragic (and tragic-comic) biblical narratives. “Dramatic” ... More


Ethics and the Bible II: The Perverse Commitment to Overcrowding and Doubling in Genesis: Implications for Ethics and Politics

Yvonne Sherwood

in Biblical Interpretation and Method: Essays in Honour of John Barton

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199645534
eISBN:
9780191755842
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645534.003.0024
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Religious Studies

This chapter seeks to engage with Old Testament ethics, a perennial interest of John Barton’s, by looking at the problem of overcrowding and doubling in the book of Genesis. It looks to origins, ... More


Esau’s Gender Crossing: Parashat Toldot (Genesis 25:19–28:9)

Sarra Lev

in Torah Queeries: Weekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814720127
eISBN:
9780814785249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814720127.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Sociology of Religion

This chapter provides a queerly interpretation of Esau's character in the readings of Parashat Toldot of Genesis. Esau is one of the twin sons of Rebekah who was known for his large and hairy ... More


Heavenly Inheritances

Alex Davis

in Imagining Inheritance from Chaucer to Shakespeare

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780198851424
eISBN:
9780191886010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198851424.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

Christian scripture repeatedly has recourse to the language of inheritance, as in the promise offered in the sermon on the mount: ‘Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth’ (Matthew 5: ... More


The Sale of the Birthright and the Bilateral Monopoly Model

Aaron Levine

in Economic Morality and Jewish Law

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199826865
eISBN:
9780190261368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199826865.003.0002
Subject:
Economics and Finance, History of Economic Thought

This chapter discusses the economic perspective of a birth right sale between Jacob and Esau using the bilateral monopoly model, explaining that the outcome of the sale will depend on the relative ... More


The Edomites

Brian R. Doak

in Ancient Israel's Neighbors

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780190690595
eISBN:
9780190690632
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190690595.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The geographically southernmost entity among Israel’s neighbors, the Edomites, appear in the Hebrew Bible in a fascinatingly close role to Israel—literally as Israel’s twin brother (Gen 25–26). Most ... More


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