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In the foreign land of Canaan lives Isaac, son of Abraham, with his clever, strong-willed wife Rebekah and his twin sons Esau and Jacob. The first-born, Esau, is a strong and fearless ... See full summary »

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Peter Hall

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Francesco Maria Nappi (book), Lionel Chetwynd (teleplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Modine ... Jacob
Lara Flynn Boyle ... Rachel
Sean Bean ... Esau
Joss Ackland ... Isaac
Juliet Aubrey ... Leah
Irene Papas ... Rebekah
Giancarlo Giannini ... Laban
Christoph Waltz ... Morash
Christoph M. Ohrt ... Be'or (as Christoph Ohrt)
Philip Locke ... Diviner
Daniel Newman Daniel Newman ... Reuben (age 14)
Cecilia Dazzi Cecilia Dazzi ... Billah
Yvonne Sciò ... Judith (as Yvonne Scio')
Garry Cooper ... Caananite 1
Bev Willis Bev Willis ... Caananite 2
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In the foreign land of Canaan lives Isaac, son of Abraham, with his clever, strong-willed wife Rebekah and his twin sons Esau and Jacob. The first-born, Esau, is a strong and fearless hunter with a voracious appetite for sensual pleasures. Jacob is a shepherd, more tender and compassionate han Esau. Just as Esau is the pride of his father, so is Jacob the apple of his mother's eye. Rebekah is convinced that Jacob, though the second born son, is the chosen one and the rightful heir of Isaac and Abraham. And she tells him that when she was with child, God announced to her: "Two nations are within thy womb. Two manner of men shall be delivered to you. The one shall be stronger than the other and the elder shall serve the younger". One day Esau returns from a hunt to find Jacob preparing a lentil porridge. Famished, he asks Jacob for some food. Jacob agrees, but on one condition: that Esau sell him his birthright. Since Esau ascribes little value to its meaning, he readily agrees and they...

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Official Sites:

Five Mile River Films

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1994 (USA) See more »

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Jacob: A TNT Bible Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Ouarzazate, Morocco

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Lux Vide, Lube, Beta Film See more »
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Stereo

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1 January 2011 | by zspira98See all my reviews

In response to #1, who didn't understand how Jacob could be with his grandfather: Jacob (Yaakov) and Esav were 15 when Abraham died. The reason Jacob was making lentil soup was because lentils as well as other round type foods are the traditional foods Jews eat upon returning from burying an immediate family member.

The time line is as follows: Abraham lived 175 years and was 100 when Issac was born. Isaac lived 185 years and was 60 when Yaakov and Esav were born. This would make Abraham 160 when his grandchildren were born and 15 when he died.

As for the "dowry," that was taken from him by Elifaz the son of Esav as he was sent to kill Yaakov. The problem Elifaz had was that he used to study with Yaakov and as such was looking for a way not to actually "kill" his uncle while at the same time listen to his father. The way around that was to take all of Yaakov's possessions and according to the Talmud, a destitute person is considered dead, thus he "honored" his father.

You were correct that the "accuracy" to the Torah was quite good. I would not go ahead and compare the Torah story of Yaakov to anything else you did as there can be NO comparison.


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