Was Esau A Jew?

 

Trump is compared to a Queen! Was this Queen – a slut? Herbert Armstrong would have done five broadcasts on this idea!

Was Esau a Jew? He was in his mother’s womb with Jacob who is considered a Jew. What, and who, is a Genetic Jew? Did God really want a king to rule over His Chosen Children? These question are now revelent with the election of Donald Trump by %80 percent of the evangelical vote. Armstrong would be amazed, if he were alive. Boyd says it is all about a “blessing” and not being righteous. I can not get a straight answer. You would think God would get it – ALL RIGHT!

I get a chuckle out of the scribes who invented fake morals in order to disqualify a royal lineage in a Game of Thrones. Christian teachers borrow this fake permission – and really got to town, they inventing Moral Gobbely-Goop – TO THE MAX – in order to weaponize the Word of God and go after un-believers like ISIS and the Taliban. Eau’s wives are turned into Slutty Republican Whores going after rich and powerful dudes like Trump at Key Largo. These Fake Prudes are all for the debauchery of King David who married many sluts like his son King Solomon. Bathsheba was a Hittite Slut that David had to have!

Here they come, the half-naked ones, to lounge around the pool in bikinis and shaved pussies! Trump is tempted – a whole lot!

C’mon! Get real! Bathsheba and the Hittite Royals knew David had a thing for one of the most beautiful women in the world, because, he built a high tower just to look down on her rooftop where she bathes. THEY knew he was watching. Did THEY want them to form a bond and have children in order to increase the bond they made with Esau? Sounds like Helen of Troy – and a plan for a New World Order!

Why are the authors of the Bible so obsessed with SEX? The Torah is a Dirty Porno Book! Consider Salome dancing a lewd dance for the head of John. What kind of perverted things was she going to do with it – with the help of her slutty girlfriends? Thanks to the Bible Left-leaning Bohemian Artists have had a load of inspiration to work with. Rena doesn’t even respond to my sister being a world famous artist. This vain creature has a on going battle with other women. She will be my Salome.

How hypocritical that the authors of the Bible go after Esau with a vengeance, and treat David with kid gloves. He is made – Holy! David was The Slut Master!

John Presco

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/israel/2019/march/could-president-trump-be-like-queen-esther-nbsp

Esau, Wives of: Midrash and Aggadah

by Tamar Kadari

Esau married his first two wives, who were from among the daughters of Heth, against his parents’ wishes. According to the Rabbis, these women spent all their days in adultery and idolatry. Adah adorned herself with jewelry for harlotry, from which her name Adah is derived, with the meaning of the wearing [adayat] of jewelry (Gen. Rabbati, Vayishlah, p. 160). Adah’s other name was Basemath (based on the exchange of names between Gen. 26:34 and 36:2). This name also attests to her deeds, for she would perfume herself (mevasemet) for harlotry. Esau’s second wife, Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, was an illegitimate child resulting from an adulterous union (Tanhuma, Vayeshev 1). Judith was also named Oholibamah, a name she was given because she built places for idolatry (bamot). She dwelled in Esau’s tent, but “performed her needs elsewhere” (that is, she engaged in extramarital relations). In taking two wives, Esau acted the same as the men of the Flood generation, who also took two spouses: one to provide them with offspring, and the other to provide them with sexual pleasure (see Adah, the wife of Lamech).

After Esau saw that his father Isaac had ordered Jacob not to take a wife from the daughters of Canaan, he abandoned his evil ways and married Mahalath, the daughter of his uncle Ishmael. By merit of this marriage, the Holy One, blessed be He, forgave Esau all his sins (JT Bikkurim 3:3, 65c–d). Mahalath’s name indicates that God pardoned (mahal) Esau. However, according to another view, Esau did not mend his ways and Mahalath was as evil as his first two wives (Midrash Aggadah, ed. Buber, Gen. 28:9). This later marriage was also the result of negative motives: Esau plotted together with Ishmael to kill Isaac and Jacob, to marry the daughter of Ishmael, and to inherit both families. Accordingly, his marriage to Mahalath was ke-mahalah (as an affliction) and only increased the pain his parents had suffered upon his first marriages (Gen. Rabbah 67:8, 13).

Esau, Blessings and Judaism
Dr. Orville Boyd JenkinsQuestion:
If Jacob tricked Isaac by pretending he was Esau, why wasn’t Esau considered more righteous and therefore a Father of Judaism?  We always hear about Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Answer:
All we have is the story as it comes to us, and that question is not addressed in the story.  In fact, that question is irrelevant.  The story is not about righteousness, it is about blessing.  The story likewise does not claim that Jacob is righteous, or that his blessing was based on his righteousness.

In fact, there is no apology for the trickery of Jacob, whose name, if the text had been properly translated, would clearly tell us his role in this story: Conman.  And this is even more poignant, since we have this story from Jacob’s descendants, so that is the obvious focus.  Esau’s descendants did not write their equivalent story.

But the story is talking about the concept of Blessing, not Reward.  The story is not about abstract historical information, like modern westerners are taught to focus on.  This story is organized around the powerful mystical concept of blessing, as an active performance.  A blessing is a spiritual power.  Energy goes out in performance when the words are pronounced.  A change is made in the actual structure of the universe.

A Story of Power
This is not a value in the modern materialistc worldview.  (This spiritual value has regained a place in the focus of the Postmodern generation, in reaction against materialism, to reclaim spiritual values.)  In ancient Semitic culture (there was no Hebrew culture yet) a blessing was not revocable.  Once pronounced the power had gone forth and become a reality in the world at large.

A person’s word meant something, even if coerced or obtained by defeat.  (The story is clear, at least in its own cultural context, that what Jacob did was wrong.  After all, his name in the story is Conman.  No wonder his descendants preferred to use his adopted name, Israel.)  That’s how stories work, and these Hebrew scripture stories are powerful and deep.

So Isaac had to do what he could to produce another word, but had no power to reclaim the now-existent word he had already declared over his clever younger son, the trickster or con-man.

The Word Lives
The concept here is that a word spoken has its own existence and power, so a blessing once given was a power already implemented.  (That is why the Bible has such strong warnings and sanctions about the use of words, the making of oaths and declarations.  A person is responsible for the consequences of their words, whether intended or not.  We humans live in a connected community, not as isolated individuals whose acts and words affect no one else.)

So when the father gave the blessing, that was the one blessing he had power to give.  Thus a different second blessing had to be pronounced upon Esau.

Divine Promise
The decisive factor, however, in the Bible story, is the longterm result for the Jacobite (Israelite) tribes, the concept of divine promise.  The blessing was incidental to the choice of Jacob to be the line for the new nation.  Or more correctly, it was irrelevant.  But it could be seen as a supportive event.  And Isaac’s declarative blessing was a power that confirmed it, intended or not.

God had already promised that Jacob was “the son of promise,” which makes it even more stupid for Jacob to have acted deviously to steal the birthright.

Esau’s Nation
Esau also became the father of a great nation, called Edom, a nickname for Esau, which may mean “red.”  There is a lot of fun playing on this word in the story of Esau (Edom, the red man) selling his future for a bowl of red (adom) stew (Genesis 25:30).

Esau settled in the land of Seir, around a mountain of the same neame, and his family merged with Seir (see Gen 32:3, 33:12-14) and the Bible provides a list of “rulers” (leaders) of the people (Gen 36:20ff and 40ff), first those of Seir, then the successor list of Esau (Gen 36:1-8).)  Both names, Seir and Edom, are used in later history to refer to the area and the people.

Esau moved east across the Jordan to live among the descendants of Seir (Gen 36:1-8).  We are told the people of Seir were Hurrians (Horites) (Gen 3620).  The land was still called Seir in the Genesis story at the time when Jacob returned to Canaan from Haran, where he worked for his wives’ father, Uncle Laban, for 20 years, to be reconciled to his brother.

You can read about Edom again at the time of the entry of Jacob’s descendants into Canaan, after the Exodus and 40 years in the wilderness, and the land still existed by that name in the time of the Roman Empire, in the Latin/Greek phonetic form of Idumea.

Esau’s family lived peacefully with the people of Seir, gradually gaining ascendance.  The descendents of Edom (Esau) who led in that era are listed in Genesis 36 (Gen 36:20ff and 40ff).

Hebrews and Jews
Incidentally, the question of Jacob and Esau does not involve Judaism.  The term Judaism refers to a particular religious expression, which developed about 1300 years later.  Judaism and the name Jew derive from Judah, the name of the tribe and Yehuda, the form of that name for the land of the “southern tribes.”  The descendants of Jacob were called Israel (children of Israel), which was another name of Jacob.

The descendants of Abraham were not called Jews, and the term Hebrew was originally the word for “wanderer,” or “nomad.”  Moses led the Hebrews out of Egypt (descendants of Jacob as well as, apparently, other slaves who joined them).

The term Judaism more specifically refers to the forms of religious observance that developed after the return from the Babylonian captivity to restore Jerusalem, in the 5th century BC.  You can read about the new regulations and worship approaches, as well as the exclusivism of race that developed at that time in the Old Testament books of Ezra and Nehemiah.

The Origin of the Jews
The term Jew and Judaism came from the tribe of Judah and region of Judea, where Jerusalem was located.  During the divided kingdom, the southern area/tribes of Judah and Benjamin came to be called Judah.  This also included Simeon, south of Judah to the Negev.

But we see in the book of Judges indications that the tribe of Simeon was absorbed into Judah in early years.  The nine other tribes are mentioned in the areas that seceded from the joint kingdom after Solomon’s death.

After the northern tribes were dispersed into oblivion by Assyria, the remaining people continued to be known as Judah and the area as Judea.  The Assyrian name of the province was Yehuda.  This continued to be the name under the Medo-Persian, who took over the neo-Babylonian Empire, which had overthrown the Assyrian Empire, and ultimately taken Judeans into exile.

The Form of the Name
Note that the J in Western European languages comes from the letter in Latin which represented the Y sound.  Yehuda/Judea continued to be the name after the restoration in about 485 BC.  The people were called Judean or Yudan under the Romans.

The Greek form was the equivalent in their alphabet, phonetically Yudeos (spelled Yudaios).  Through changes  in letter forms and sound over the centuries, the word form became the modern English word Jew.  The rel

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