Jacob and Esau [(ee-saw)]
The sons of Isaac, who was the son of Abraham. As the eldest son of Isaac, Esau should have inherited the covenant with God that Abraham had passed on to Isaac. But Esau traded his birthright (inheritance) to his younger brother, Jacob, for a “mess of pottage” (a meal of stew) when he was too hungry to consider what he was throwing away. Jacob also cheated Esau out of their blind father’s deathbed blessing by impersonating him, a deceit prompted by their mother, Rebecca. The feud between the brothers ended many years later in a joyful reconciliation. The night before his reunion with Esau, Jacob wrestled with God and forced God to bless him. God gave Jacob the new name of Israel, meaning “one who has been strong against God.” (See Jacob’s ladder.)
- Jacob ben Asher
[jey-kuh b ben ash-er] /ˈdʒeɪ kəb bɛn ˈæʃ ər/ noun 1. c1269–c1340, Hebrew commentator on the Bible and codifier of Jewish law.
[jak-uh-bee-uh n] /ˌdʒæk əˈbi ən/ adjective 1. of or relating to James I of England or to his period. 2. noting or pertaining to the style of architecture and furnishings prevailing in England in the first half of the 17th century, continuing the Elizabethan style with a gradual introduction of Italian models in architecture and […]
noun 1. a bulbous plant, Sprekelia formosissima, of the amaryllis family, native to Mexico, bearing a large, bright-red flower.
[jak-uh-bee-thuh n] /ˌdʒæk əˈbi θən/ adjective 1. noting or pertaining to the architecture of England at the beginning of the 17th century.