Another Chosen People-1?
The Hebrew forerunners of the Israelite nation were Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
We have described how Abraham received the Blessing to become a great and mighty Nation though whom all nation of the earth would benefit (Genesis 12:2-3).
Abraham begat Ishmael and Isaac but Isaac received the Blessing
Isaac then begat Jacob and Esau. They were twins but Esau was technically the firstborn.
Nevertheless the Blessing was to pass to Jacob who was re-named Israel.
Genealogy of the Blessings.
Jacob first took the Right of the Firstborn from Esau and after that by subterfuge he took the Blessing.
Disguise as Prototype. The Blessings to Jacob and Esau
Abraham begat Isaac. Isaac married Rebeka who bore him twin sons, Jacob and Esau. While they were still in the womb it had been reveled to Rebeka that the younger twin (Jacob) would have the preeminence (Genesis 25:21-23).
Esau became a hunter and Jacob dwelt in tents. It happened that Esau came in from the hunt and was famished. Jacob then gave Esau red lentils to eat after which Esau sold the right of the firstborn to Jacob (Genesis 25:25-31).
Joseph Disguised as Esau
Later when Isaac felt he was about to die he told Esau to hunt a deer and prepare it for him so that he may bless him. Rebeka heard Isaac make the request of Esau. She told Jacob to disguise himself as Esau and bring the meat of a kid goat to Isaac who was blind (Genesis 27:13). Jacob followed the instructions of Rebeka. He dressed himself up as Esau, received the blessing from his father Isaac, and went out. Esau came in. Isaac then realized that Jacob had received the blessing instead of Esau. He confirmed the blessing, "Yes, and he shall be blessed" (Genesis 27:33).
Esau cried out "with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, 'Bless me, even me also, O my father!' " (Genesis 27:34).
Esau declared that Jacob had been aptly named since the very appellation "Jacob" connotes "supplanter." Esau explained that this was the second time Jacob had supplanted him having already bought the birthright from him.
Let us take another look at the relevant dialogue:
Genesis (NKJV) 27:
32 And his father Isaac said to him, 'Who are you?'
So he said, 'I am your son, your firstborn, Esau.'
33 Then Isaac trembled exceedingly, and said, 'Who? Where is the one who hunted game and brought it to me? I ate all of it before you came, and I have blessed him, and indeed he shall be blessed.'
34 When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, 'Bless me, me also, O my father!'
35 But he said, 'Your brother came with deceit and has taken away your blessing.'
36 And Esau said, 'Is he not rightly named Jacob? For he has supplanted me these two times. He took away my birthright, and now look, he has taken away my blessing!' And he said, 'Have you not reserved a blessing for me?'
37 Then Isaac answered and said to Esau, 'Indeed I have made him your master, and all his brethren I have given to him as servants; with grain and wine I have [f]sustained him. What shall I do now for you, my son?'
Esau protests that first Jacob had taken the Birthright and after that by deceit also the birthright. Isaac apparently before than had not known about the Birthright being acquired by Jacob. When Isaac does hear that he confirms the Blessing to Jacob even though Jacob had taken it by deceiving him. It could be inferred from this that the Birthright and the Blessing were two complementary undividable parts of the one whole package.
Isaac then blessed Esau that he would possess the fatness [fertility] of the land, and blessing from the dew of heaven. He would live by his sword. Esau was to serve his brother. When Esau would go down, i.e. move away, from Jacob he would break free from him. As a result of this incident Esau bore a grudge against Jacob made plans to kill him (Genesis 27:41).
Genesis (NKJV) 27:
41 So Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father blessed him, and Esau said in his heart, 'The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then I will kill my brother Jacob.'
42 And the words of Esau her older son were told to Rebekah. So she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said to him, 'Surely your brother Esau comforts himself concerning you by intending to kill you.
Even though Esau had received a handsome blessing of his own he still hated Jacob for supplanting him.
Jacob, aka Israel, was to begat 12 sons who became the 12 Tribes of Israel.
These Tribes were to divide into 2 sections. One part lost awareness of their Identity and became the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel.
The only Tribes who remained recognizable were those who gave rise to the Jewish People. The Jews are part of Israel but not all Israel is to be found among the Jews. Nevertheless that section of Israel that is to be found among the Jews are the only ones universally recognizable as such. The Israelites were spoken of in the Bible and described as the Chosen People. Through Christianity knowledge of the Bible spread throughout the world. As far as the Gentiles were concerned the only Chosen People they knew of in Biblical terms were the Jews.
Of Esau it had been foretold, "By your sword shalt you live, and shall serve your brother" (Genesis 27:40). Esau became ancestor to the founder settlers of early Rome and to part of the German people (Talmud Megilla 6), as well as to elements of the ruling elites in Continental Europe, and to similar groups in Japan and China and elsewhere. Esau was also known as Edom (Genesis 25:30, 36:1).
The Nazi party came to power in Germany. They were to demean, harry and persecute the Jews and eventually attempt to exterminate them. The Nazis represented a coming to flower of centuries of anti-Jewish sentiment. They denied the truth of the Bible yet still viewed the world through their Christian heritage and in cultural terms borrowed from it.
The Nazis, according to a study by Richard Landes thought that they should be the Chosen People. In their world-view since they were the one who should really be considered "Chosen" then anyone else who bore the title must needs be eliminated. This was one of many instinctive animalistic realizations of Nazi Germany that gave rise to the Holocaust.
Richard Landes (b. 1949), is a well-known historian and political activist.
# Landes to refer to "productions staged by the Palestinians, in front of (and often with cooperation from) Western camera crews, for the purpose of promoting anti-Israel propaganda by disguising it as news." .... Landes cites the film of the shooting of Muhammad al-Durrah, the Gaza beach blast and Hamas's alleged exploitation of electricity shortages during the 2007=2008 Israel-Gaza conflict, as incidents of Pallywood. #
In addition to exposing "Pallywood" hoaxes Landes has conducted serious research work in other fields including the rise of Nnazism and the influence of German Millennialist movements on Nazi attitudes and ideology.
# From a millennial perspective... there is something unusual - not unique by any means, but unusual - about German anti-Semitism. All antimodern manifestations of Jew hatred share many of the apocalyptic elements of Nazi ideology - the sense of urgency at the nearly complete conspiracy, the ferocious hatred of a cosmic enemy, the profoundly paranoid sense of being suffocated by Jewish success, the assumption that all the major developments of modernity (marriage of capital and technology, urbanization, constitutional governments, public media, and public atheism) stemmed from the Jews and threatened chaos and enslavement. But beyond those similarities, we find one aspect that the Germans pushed further than any other nation - the claim to be a 'chosen people.' ...
# Hitler was no multiculturalist. For him there could only be one chosen people, and - in true 'Social Darwinian' style - that chosen people proved their status by exterminating the other claimant(s). Rather than the positive-sum notion of biblical chosenness "through you all the nations of the world will be blessed . . . those who bless you will be blessed . . . " the Nazis articulated a vision in which the very existence of the rival chosen people, the Jews, meant the certain death of the German people. They could only live by exterminating their rival for 'election' and subjugating the other nations. And this mission was precisely what they accused the Jews of wanting to do.
#... In this sense, it may be possible to make some remarks about the possibility of the Holocaust starting in other countries, in France, or England, or Russia. Not every people who claim the status of chosen people necessarily interpret it in the most irreducibly and aggressive, zero-sum manner. The English, for example, viewed themselves as God's chosen people, but their apocalyptic scenarios tended to be more philo, - than anti, -Semitic, their relationship to demotic modernity more positive. The French, in their brief philo-Judaic moment set in motion by the Revolution, had emancipated the Jews.
#... Germany lagged well behind the English and the French in meeting the modern challenge to alpha males. They ferociously refused to renounce their right to 'honorable behavior, ' - including 'becoming a man by killing one.'
# Alone, the Germans under Hitler responded to the crisis of modernity in the early twentieth century with this particularly passionate obsession with national honor. And they formulated it in terms of a claim to be the chosen people who had found their messiah. In this, they, more than any other European nation, entered into direct competition with (what they imagined to be) Jewish claims.
Source: Heaven on Earth. The Varieties of the Millennial Experience
by Richard Landes, Heaven_on_Earth_chap_12_Genocidal_Millen.pdf
The Nazis in Germany and their assistants throughout Europe helped give expression to the National Striving of Esau and the Edomites among them. They did this by instinctively feeling that they were the only truely "Chosen People" and by attempting to kill Jacob (i.e. the Jews) just as Esau had intended.