Lessons from the Nursery by James L. Sauer

Esau & Job

by Patrick Henry Reardon

Although the descendants of Esau were regarded with scant respect—and less affection—in the pages of Holy Scripture (cf. Psalms 137:7; Ezek. 25:12–14; Amos 1:6,9,11–12; Obadiah, passim; 1 Esdras 4:45), it is not difficult to discern a "minority view" on the point. For example, there was the Lord's countervailing injunction: "You shall not despise the Edomite, for he is your brother" (Deut. 23:7).

For my part, I confess to a soft place in my heart for Esau and—with notable exceptions, like Herod—Esau's descendants. I should probably explain why.


Patrick Henry Reardon is pastor emeritus of All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois, and the author of numerous books, including, most recently, Out of Step with God: Orthodox Christian Reflections on the Book of Numbers (Ancient Faith Publishing, 2019).

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