Genesis 25 – The Death of Abraham
Abraham takes another wife, Keturah, after Sarah’s death.
The beginning of this chapter is another bit of genealogy; although these seem boring, some times they are actually useful so because I know there are more in the future we may come back to reference them for information about proposed controversies.
One big thing I think needs to be brought up is that continually Isaac is referred to as Abraham’s only son, except strangely in this chapter. This is the only spot since Isaac was born that Ishmael was considered his son.
What about the sons of the concubines? They are his sons even if he doesn’t claim them.
v.6 is pretty clear; all of the sons were given gifts and sent away from ‘his son’ Isaac. I wonder at what age they were sent packing and what kind of gift they got. No child support back then, probably some gold, an ass, and a horse.
What about these concubines? Polygamy or just relationships out of wedlock?
Also, Abraham and Sarah went so long unable to have children without help from god, these kids of the concubines didn’t need help?
These are questions that I had no idea existed when growing up. They are glossed over and the big story is looked at, but the details are in the book and need to be looked at as well. This is the reason I embarked on this journey; to see the details that have been overlooked.
v.8, Abraham ‘gave up the ghost’ at 175 years old or so. Isaac and Ishmael bury him in the cave with Sarah, v.10.
I wonder if Keturah or any of the other concubines will be buried with them in the cave. Probably not, likely a similar story to the ‘sons’ that he had them but doesn’t claim them.
The death of Ishmael at 137 and some genealogy in v.12-18.
Isaac’s story restarts in v.19.
It says he is 40 when he ‘took’ Rebekah for his wife.
LDS question here: Is Laban, Rebekah’s uncle in this story, the same Laban character as in the Book of Mormon?
Isaac asks god to help them conceive and god gave them twins.
The babies ‘struggled together’ as many twins do in the womb because there just isn’t much room but this story is routinely taken as the babies were fighting. I am of course taken to the more scientific stance on this but Rebekah went to god to ask why.
v.23, god says she has two nations in her womb; One will be stronger, one weaker; the elder shall serve the younger. It doesn’t state which the stronger (elder or younger) would be, and it also doesn’t say what kind of strength it will be, physical or mental.
Esau the hairy red child and Jacob literally on his heel were born. It states Isaac is 60 ‘when she bare them’ but no mention is made of Rebekah’s age. But why would there be any mention of her age, all of the genealogies only mention the male descendants, all of the stories are male centered. Its hard to explain away the fact that a divine text is so misogynistic.
Back to Esau and Jacob.
Esau became a hunter and a man of the field while Jacob is described as a ‘plain man.’
Isaac prefers his manly son Esau because he like the venison he hunted. Rebekah is said to prefer her Jacob, because he seems to be described as more feminine and a home body.
v.29, Jacob was eating, probably cooking, when Esau came in from the field tired and hungry.
Esau pleads for some of the soup but Jacob requires him to forfeit his birthright for it.
Esau sees no need for the birthright, likely because he was so accomplished in the field and in the hunt.
v.33 Esau swore to Jacob and sold his birthright for LENTIL SOUP!