In this chapter, though titled Abe’s death, should actually get a new title. I will think of an appropriate one. We have Isaac, Abe’s progeny doing absolutely nothing. We nothing of him other than being the father of Jacob and Esau. So I can say with all confidence, nothing would be lost if Isaac didn’t show up except Abe would not have someone to try to kill and there would be no Jacob. Isaac for all intents and purposes is a useless character. He has no traits, does nothing important and doesn’t even meet with his daddy’s god! What a shame.
Enough said, let the journey continue:
25 Now Abraham took another wife, whose name was Keturah[ In the previous chapter, we are told honest Abe was old, advanced in age. How is it that 67 verses later he has a wife and 6 children to boot! Did they have Viagra then? ]. 2 She bore to him Zimran and Jokshan and Medan and Midian and Ishbak and Shuah. 3 Jokshan became the father of Sheba and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim and Letushim and Leummim. 4 The sons of Midian were Ephah and Epher and Hanoch and Abida and Eldaah. All these were the sons of Keturah. 5 Now Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac; 6 but to the sons of his concubines[ I knew only of Hagar whom he chased away, were there others who the scribes chose not to tell us?], Abraham gave gifts while he was still living, and sent them away from his son Isaac eastward, to the land of the east[there is something east about biblical migrations! They never go west. That aside, we know nothing of Isaac, is he those characters a writer creates to fill a blank no more no less!].
7 These are all the years of Abraham’s life that he lived, one hundred and seventy-five years. 8 Abraham breathed his last and died in a ripe old age, an old man and satisfied with life[ I agree he had a good one, pimping his sister/wife on two occasions, having concubines as we have come to learn and having visitations from most high for bread. What more would a person ask for?] ; and he was gathered to his people. 9 Then his sons Isaac and Ishmael [the scribe here ain’t aware that Isaac has gone east, wherever that is, and Ishamel since being sent away hasn’t returned. How could god forget to tell the scribes this?] buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, facing Mamre, 10 the field which Abraham purchased from the sons of Heth; there Abraham was buried with Sarah his wife. 11 It came about after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac lived by Beer-lahai-roi.
Descendants of Ishmael
12 Now these are the records of the generations of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, whom Hagar the Egyptian, Sarah’s maid, bore to Abraham; 13 and these are the names of the sons of Ishmael, by their names, in the order of their birth: Nebaioth, the firstborn of Ishmael, and Kedar and Adbeel and Mibsam 14 and Mishma and Dumah and Massa, 15 Hadad and Tema, Jetur, Naphish and Kedemah. 16 These are the sons of Ishmael and these are their names, by their villages, and by their camps; twelve princes according to their tribes[wait a minute, 12 sons with different tribes? Now can someone explain what is going on here? If the repetition here was poetic, it would have been interesting to read!]. 17 These are the years of the life of Ishmael, one hundred and thirty-seven years; and he breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his people. 18 They settled from Havilah to Shur which is east of Egypt as one goes toward Assyria; he settled in defiance of all his relatives[why would he have to defy his relatives? this verse here doesn’t make sense, unless the scribe is setting us up for a future in Egypt].
19 Now these are the records of the generations of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham became the father of Isaac; 20 and Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah[his cousin], the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram, the sister of Laban the Aramean, to be his wife. 21 Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was barren[maybe it’s Isaac who was impotent, who knows? why put the blame on the lady?] ; and the Lord answered him and Rebekah his wife conceived. 22 But the children struggled together within her; and she said, “If it is so, why then am I this way?” So she went to inquire of the Lord[ too bad they didn’t have CAT scans then, she would have easily have seen her gynae].
23 The Lord said to her,
“Two nations[how? ] are in your womb;
And two peoples will be separated from your body;
And one people shall be stronger than the other;
And the older shall serve the younger[Abe’s god with servitude].”
24 When her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. 25 Now the first came forth red, all over like a ha
iry garment[ tell me another, but am not buying a hairy baby]; and they named him Esau. 26 Afterward his brother came forth with his hand holding on to Esau’s heel, so his name was called Jacob; and Isaac was sixty years old when she gave birth to them.
27 When the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the field, but Jacob was a peaceful man, living in tents. 28 Now Isaac loved Esau, because he had a taste for game, but Rebekah loved Jacob. 29 When Jacob had cooked stew, Esau came in from the field and he was famished; 30 and Esau said to Jacob, “Please let me have a swallow of that red stuff there, for I am famished.” Therefore his name was called Edom. 31 But Jacob said, “First sell me your birthright.” 32 Esau said, “Behold, I am about to die; so of what use then is the birthright to me?” 33 And Jacob said, “First swear to me”; so he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob.
34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew; and he ate and drank, and rose and went on his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright[this exchange rate is the best. I would want to buy a Ferrari at this rate].