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chapter 3

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Esau
(Old Testament) the eldest son of Isaac who would have inherited the Covenant that God made with Abraham and that Abraham passed on to Isaac
Jacob
(Old Testament) son of Isaac
Rebecca
(Old Testament) wife of Isaac and mother of Jacob and Esau
promise
a verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future
vow
(n.) a sacred promise or pledge
oath
a commitment to tell the truth (especially in a court of law)
Paul
(New Testament) a Christian missionary to the Gentiles
descendents
a person born of a certain family or group
magi
(New Testament) the sages who visited Jesus and Mary and Joseph shortly after Jesus was born
epiphany
a divine manifestation
martyr
one who voluntarily suffers death as the penalty for refusing to renounce their religion
Holy Innocents
the slaughter of all the young (U2) boys ordered by Herod to root out the "messiah"
Epistle
a letter