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Monday, March 9, 2020

The Old Testament Twins We’ve Forgotten

The Old Testament Twins We’ve Forgotten
Jacob and Esau get all the attention. Yet it’s another pair of brothers who reveal the heart of the biblical story.
Andrew Wilson
There are two pairs of twins in Genesis, but most of us only notice the first. Jacob and Esau get the headlines: the smooth wheeler-dealer who becomes the father of the Israelites and his hairy, oafish twin who gets tricked out of his birthright for a bowl of soup. By contrast, Perez and Zerah (Gen. 38) fly under the radar. They don’t appear in kids’ Bibles, or even sermons. Yet in many ways, they summarize the biblical story more crisply than any other siblings in Scripture.
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