10:00 am - 10:45 am
This series looks at the ways in which the Hebrew scriptures are interpreted within the texts of the New Testament.
Esau in the New Testament. In this session, we look at the way in which Esau, son of Isaac and twin brother of Jacob, is depicted in the epistles to the Romans and to the Hebrews. Esau, and his descendants the Edomites, are major figures in the Old Testament; from Esau originally being a single character in a longer story, the Edomites become the generic symbol of all enemies of Israel. That being the case, Paul’s references to Esau would have been shocking to his readers, a rhetorical tour de force in his emphasis on salvation by grace through faith.