Abraham, whose offspring with Keturah are listed, leaves everything he owns to Isaac, dies at the age of 175, and is buried alongside Sarah at the Cave of Machpelah. Ishmael, whose twelve sons are listed, dies at the age of 137. After twenty years of barrenness, Yahweh grants Rebekah and Isaac twins named Esau and Isaac. Jacob sells Esau some stew for Esau’s birthright.
Esau gives away his birthright for some stew: “Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank, and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.” (v. 34)
III. Select Verses
1:Abraham took another wife, whose name was Keturah.
5-6: Abraham gave all he had to Isaac. But to the sons of his concubines Abraham gave gifts, while he was still living, and he sent them away from his son Isaac, eastward to the east country.
8-10: Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people. His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite, east of Mamre, the field that Abraham purchased from the Hittites. There Abraham was buried, with his wife Sarah.
11: After the death of Abraham God blessed his son Isaac. And Isaac settled at Beer-lahai-roi.
16: These are the sons of Ishmael and these are their names, by their villages and by their encampments, twelve princes according to their tribes.
21-26: Isaac prayed to the LORD for his wife, because she was barren; and the LORD granted his prayer, and his wife Rebekah conceived. The children struggled together within her; and she said, “If it is to be this way, why do I live?” So she went to inquire of the LORD. And the LORD said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples born of you shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the elder shall serve the younger.” When her time to give birth was at hand, there were twins in her womb. The first came out red, all his body like a hairy mantle; so they named him Esau. Afterward his brother came out, with his hand gripping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.
29-34: Once when Jacob was cooking a stew, Esau came in from the field, and he was famished. Esau said to Jacob, “Let me eat some of that red stuff, for I am famished!” (Therefore he was called Edom.) Jacob said, “First sell me your birthright.” Esau said, “I am about to die; of what use is a birthright to me?” Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank, and rose and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.
1-6. Abraham’s other children 1. Abraham marries Keturah 2-4. Abraham’s offspring with Keturah 5. Abraham gives everything to Isaac 6. Abraham gives his other sons gifts and sends them to the eastern desert 7-10. Abraham dies 6-8. Abraham dies at 175 years old 9-10. Isaac and Ishmael bury him next to Sarah in the Cave of Machpelah 11. Yahweh blesses Isaac, who settles in Beer Sheba 12-18. The death and offspring of Ishmael 12. Introduction 13a. Introduction (again) 13b-16. Ishmael’s twelve sons, chieftains of twelve tribes 17. Ishmael dies at 137 years old 18. Ishmael’s descendants dwelled from Egypt to Assyria 19-34. The story of Isaac begins 19. Introduction 20-26. The birth of Esau and Jacob 20. Isaac was forty when he married Rebekah 21. Isaac prays for Rebekah, who is barren [for 20 years, see v. 26], and Yahweh hears his prayer 22. Rebekah has incredible pain 23. Yahweh explains that she has twins, and the older will serve the younger 24-26a. The first twin is red (’edom, see v. 30) and hairy and named Esau, the second is gripping his heel (‘eqev) so is named Jacob (ya‘aqov) 26b. Isaac was sixty at this time 27-28. Esau grows to be a hunter loved by Isaac, Jacob a “tent dweller” (homebody? shepherd?) loved by Rebekah 29-34. Jacob acquires Esau’s birthright 29. Jacob cooks a stew and Esau arrives hungry 30. Esau asks for the red (’edom) stew, hence Esau is called Edom [a nation in Transjordan] 31-33. Esau is famished, so he trades Jacob his birthright 34. Esau recovers and hates the birthright
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