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Abraham and Ishmael, Abraham and Isaac--a study in the difference between likeness and semblance
Ishmael's mother was the Egyptian Hagar, while Isaac was born to the righteous Sarah. But Jacob and Esau were twins; what explain their divergent characters?
Who was Isaac? Even in Toldot, the only Parshah devoted primarily to Isaac’s 180 years, we are hard-pressed to find some clues to his identity and personality.
What was Isaac thinking? a closer reading of the text--and subtexts--of the story of the "stolen blessings" reveals a debate between Isaac and Rebecca beyond the commonly-thought "favorite son" contest
The deeper significance of Esau’s pretentions to “tithing straw.”
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