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The elder son of Isaac and Rebekah (Gen. 25: 26), who forfeited his legal right of inheritance to Jacob, so that Jacob was regarded as the ancestor of the people of Israel (Gen. 32: 28), while Esau was the ancestor of the Edomites (Gen. 36: 9). These folk‐tales about individuals may reflect the historical relationships between Israelites and Edomites.

Subjects: Biblical Studies — Judaism and Jewish Studies.

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