CHAPTER 3: The Second Blood Feud Jacob and Esau “Now this is the genealogy of Esau, who is Edom. Esau took his wives from the daughters of Canaan …” Genesis 36:1-2. Isaac was 40 years old when he married Rebekah from the family line of Abraham. Rebekah became pregnant with twins and there was turmoil in her womb. Rebekah inquired of the Lord: “And the Lord said to her: “Two nations are in your womb, Two peoples shall be separated from your body; One people shall be stronger than the other” (Genesis 25:23). The first clear distinction of two peoples and two nations. With Esau, a new line of Arab peoples apart from Ishmael but with the same lineage begins. Ishmael’s line settled in the Arabian desert after he was banished from Abraham’s house. The line of Esau, however, began in Mt. Seir in southern Israel in what is now southern Jordan. Esau was not banished from his parents Isaac and Rebekah, but left willingly after selling his birthright to his brother Jacob for a bowl of soup (Gen. 36:6-8). The enmity that Esau had for his brother Jacob over the land of promise knew no boundaries. Genesis 27:41 records that
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