Definitions for esauˈi sɔ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Esau(noun)

    (Old Testament) the eldest son of Isaac who would have inherited the covenant that God made with Abraham and that Abraham passed on to Isaac; he traded his birthright to his twin brother Jacob for a mess of pottage


  1. Esau(ProperNoun)

    The son of Isaac and Rebekah and the older twin brother of Jacob.

  2. Origin: From עשו.


  1. Esau

    Esau, in the Hebrew Bible, is the older son of Isaac. He is mentioned in the Book of Genesis, and by the minor prophets, Obadiah and Malachi. The New Testament later references him in St Paul's Letter to the Romans and in the Letter to the Hebrews. Esau is the progenitor of the Edomites and the twin brother of Jacob, the patriarch of the Israelites. Esau and Jacob were the sons of Isaac and Rebekah, and the grandsons of Abraham and Sarah. Of the twins, Esau was the first to be born with Jacob following. Isaac was sixty years old and Rebekah is believed to have been younger when the boys were born. The grandfather Abraham was still alive, being 160 years old at that time. Esau, a "man of the field" became a hunter who had "rough" qualities that distinguished him from his twin brother. Jacob was a shy or simple man, depending on the translation of the Hebrew word "Tam". Throughout Genesis, Esau is frequently shown as being supplanted by his younger twin Jacob.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Esau

    the eldest son of Isaac, who sold his birthright to Jacob for a mess of lentils; led a predatory life, and was the forefather of the Edomites.

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