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This chapter analyzes Gen 25:19-28:22. It refers to Brodie throughout this study, but primarily works with the structure(s) as proposed by Fishbane and Rendsburg. The chapter starts with the events leading up to the birth of Jacob and Esau and their growing up together, and ends with Jacob's journey away from home, when he encounters God for the first time. The mention of Bethuel and Laban in 25:20 forms an inclusio with 28:2, 5. The episodes in between record Jacob's acquisition of Esau's birthright and of Isaac's blessing. These accounts are juxtaposed with God's generous bestowal of promises and blessing on Isaac and on Jacob himself, followed by Jacob's response. This interplay between human struggle in all its intensity, divine giving in all its generosity, and human response, creates a tension from which the ensuing stories develop.

Keywords:Canaan; Esau; Jacob



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