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Esau (ē´sô) [Heb.,=hairy], in the Bible, son of Isaac, who sold his birthright to his younger twin, Jacob, for lentil stew and who was tricked by Jacob out of his father's blessing. Also known as Edom [Heb.,=ruddy], the disinherited Esau settled on Mt. Seir, which became the home of his descendants, the Edomites, a tribe consistently hostile to the Jews. In tradition, Esau is represented as a rough hunter, deemed unworthy to inherit the mission of Abraham. The New Testament calls Esau "immoral and godless." Yet his descendants do become a nation, protected by God.

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Esau in the Bible, the elder of the twin sons of Isaac and Rebecca, who sold his birthright to his brother Jacob for a mess of pottage, and was later tricked out of his father's blessing by his brother. The smooth-skinned Jacob deceived Isaac, who was blind, by using animal skins so that to his father's touch he felt like Esau, a ‘hairy man’; despite Isaac's words, ‘The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau’, he gave the blessing to his younger son.

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Esau Old Testament figure who sold for refreshment his future inheritance to his scheming brother Jacob. The story probably derives from an attempt to give an ancient background to the enmity between the Israelites and the Edomites.

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Esau. Elder son of the patriarch Isaac, and twin brother of Jacob. The relationship between the two brothers was the subject of much aggadot, particularly since Esau/Edom was taken to represent Rome and all hostile governments.

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