Jacob and Esau

Overview

Genesis is filled with sibling rivalries, beginning with the tragic story of Cain and Abel. The decades-long rivalry between Jacob and Esau demonstrates how such conflicts can be resolved and how the face of God is made visible through a beautiful act of forgiveness.

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Video Discussion Questions

What is the relationship between a birthright and a blessing?



In what sense is the reconciliation between Jacob and Esau unique?



Justin A. Jackson is a Professor of English at Hillsdale College, where he has taught since 2004, and where he currently serves as the Director of the Hillsdale College Writing Center. He received both his B.A. and M.A. from California State University, Fresno, and his Ph.D. from Purdue University.


Special thanks to Congregation Sha’are Shalom for permission to film their Torah Scrolls for use in the title sequence.