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Jacob offers bread and soup to an exhausted Esau, who has returned from hunting; to the left, angels move upon Jacob's ladder; to the right, the blind Isaac feels Jacob's disguised hands. Engraving by E. Kirkall after Skeitz.

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Credit: Jacob offers bread and soup to an exhausted Esau, who has returned from hunting; to the left, angels move upon Jacob's ladder; to the right, the blind Isaac feels Jacob's disguised hands. Engraving by E. Kirkall after Skeitz. Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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Bible. O.T. Genesis 25.34; 28.12-15; 27.21-23. The figure in the room on the right is Rebecca, represented here as a witch with cloven feet. On her lap rests the dinner she secretly cooked on Jacob's behalf. She may partly be represented thus because, when Jacob expresses his worry over the plan, she answers "upon me be thy curse" (Genesis 27.13)

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1 print : etching with line engraving ; platemark 25.5 x 20.4 cm

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Esau sells his birthright. Then Jacob gave Esau bread & pottage of lentiles: and he did eat and drink and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright. Gen. XXV. v. 34. Skeitz del. E. Kirkall fecit.

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Wellcome Library no. 15889i

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Bears numbers : Pl. 32

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