Esau, also known as Edom, was the elder son of Isaac and Rebekah and the twin brother of Jacob. According to the Hebrew tradition, he was the forbearer of the ‘Edomites’. They were an enemy nation of Israel whose patriarch was Jacob. ‘The Book of Genesis’ illustrates the relationship between the brothers, focusing on the elder brother’s loss of his birth right to Jacob. The book also speaks of the conflict that ensues between their descendant nations as a result of Jacob’s deception of their old and blind father with an aim to claim his twin’s blessing from him. According to the Bible, the brothers competed with each other in Rebekah’s womb, a foreshadowing of their sibling rivalry. It is stated in the ‘Book of Genesis’ that Esau was born before Jacob, thus becoming the legal heir to the family birth right which also included being the heir to the Covenant between God and Abraham. This birth right was a link in the line of descent through which the promised messiah was to be born. The younger twin had come out holding his elder brother’s heel indicating that he was trying to pull him back into his mother’s womb so that he could be the firstborn.