Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day

Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy: “We support biblical families.”

Today’s Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day: Esau and Judith and Basemath (Genesis 26:34-35).

When Esau was forty years old, he married Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite; and they made life bitter for Isaac and Rebekah.

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  • Hittites, eh? Would you want your daughter to marry one?
    For that matter, I never was sure where “Hittites” came from.

  • I’m sort of waiting for when the family of the day is Joseph and Mary’s, tomorrow perhaps,

    Picture this: Young woman gets pregnant out of wedlock, then gets married to someone who isn’t the father.  Imagine conservative response to that wrt family values.

    And that’s the Christmas story.

  • For that matter, I never was sure where “Hittites” came from.

    They had a fair sized kingdom going before the bronze age collapse, said collapse wiped out the civilization, but not the people so a fragmented variety of what are called “neo-Hittite” groups emerged.

  • P J Evans

    the Hittite daughters-in-law clearly didn’t get along with Esau’s parents. possibly because the young women believed they’d been destined for better things. Marrying a herder/farmer probably wasn’t on their list….

  • AnonymousSam

    Esau married outside the tribe, specifically to members of Those People (for values differing culturally). The Hittites would later make another appearance on God’s list of people he specifically wants his people to destroy in Exodus. I suspect it also contributes to the line “Esau have I hated” later on.

  • Dash1

    It’s not at all clear, though, why or how the daughters-in-law made life bitter for Isaac and Rebekah. 
    (1) by mistreating or merely being insufficiently filial to the parents-in-law?
    (2) by becoming friends and supporting each other against the mother-in-law?
    (3) by becoming enemies and constantly requiring Rebekah to step in and keep peace between them?
    (4) merely by being who they were, i.e., Hittites?
    (5) by not being good enough for their son?
    (6) by virtue of Isaac and Rebekah’s being crochety old things by this point?

    It’s hard to believe, given Abraham’s attention to Isaac’s marriage, that Esau could have married–or made the marriage stick–without Isaac and Rebekah consenting. (Or at least Isaac consenting.) Marriage at the time was the union of two families, not just the union of two people (or in this case two unions of two people, with one overlapping participant in each union).

    And this verse is immediately followed by Rebekah plotting to give Jacob the blessing.

    Something is going on in that family that would have kept a modern soap opera running for at least a few seasons. J. R. Ewing’s clan was pretty tame by comparison. (RIP Larry Hagman.)

  •  Chris mentions that the Hittites came from Anatolia – if you’re wondering where that is geographically, it’s roughly present-day Turkey.

  •  The real message of Christmas – heavily pregnant underage young women shouldn’t be trying to get into pubs on Christmas Eve.

  • The Anatolian Hittites may not be synonymous with the Biblical ones

  • reynard61

    [Norm Macdonald] Haha! Those sons of Abraham, always putting the “fun” in “Dysfunctional”…or “Fundamentalist”. You can never be quite sure with that bunch… [/Norm Macdonald]