After Abraham died, his son Isaac lived in the land of Canaan. Like his father, Isaac
had his home in a tent; around him were the tents of his people, and many flocks of sheep
and herds of cattle feeding wherever they could find grass to eat and water to drink.
Isaac and his wife Rebekah had two children. The older was named Esau and the younger
Esau was a man of the woods and very fond of hunting; and he was rough and covered with
Jacob was quiet and thoughtful, staying at home, dwelling in a tent, and caring for the
flocks of his father.
Isaac loved Esau more than Jacob, because Esau brought to his father that which he had
killed in his hunting; but Rebekah liked Jacob, because she saw that he was wise and
careful in his work.
Among the people in those lands, when a man dies, his older son receives twice as much
as the younger of what the father has owned. This was called his "birthright,"
for it was his right as the oldest born. So Esau, as the older, had a
"birthright" to more of Isaac's possessions than Jacob. And besides this, there
was the privilege of the promise of God that the family of Isaac should receive great