National Identity—Twins and Enemies
Lecture no. 23 from the course: The World of Biblical Israel
Taught by Professor Cynthia R. Chapman | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Philosophy & Religion Courses
Revisit the story of Jacob and Esau in light of the quest for national identity. On one level, this narrative presents the history of two brothers and shows the rise of Jacob as he supplants Esau, the firstborn. On another level, the story captures the relationship between Israel and its neighbor Edom, and speaks to their continuing relationship in the post-exilic world.