Moreover, the attitudes of their parents toward them also differed: "And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebecca loved Jacob." (Genesis ) Genesis –34 tells the account of Esau selling his birthright to Jacob.This passage tells that Esau, returning famished from the fields, begged Jacob to give him some of the stew that Jacob had just made.Although Esau sold Jacob his own birthright, which was his blessing, for "red pottage", Esau still hated Jacob for receiving his blessing that their father Isaac unknowingly had given to him. When Rebecca heard about his murderous intentions, she ordered Jacob to travel to her brother Laban's house in Haran, until Esau's anger subsided.
She received the prophecy that twins were fighting in her womb and would continue to fight all their lives, even after they became two separate nations.The artwork is based on Genesis –22 and graphically represents the scenes alluded to in the hymn "Nearer, My God, to Thee" and the spiritual "We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder" as well as other musical works.As a result of a severe drought in Canaan, Jacob and his sons moved to Egypt at the time when his son Joseph was viceroy.Isaac then blessed Jacob with the blessing that was meant for Esau.Genesis –29 states Isaac's blessing: "Therefore God give thee of the dew of heavens, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine: Let people serve thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother's sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee." Jacob had scarcely left the room when Esau returned from the hunt to prepare his game and receive the blessing.