Jacob wrestles an angel. For what purpose? And why does seeing Esau’s face when they finally meet remind him of that angelic encounter?
Leah’s eyes are described as rakkot – weak. Should we understand that literally, metaphoricaly, or as a prompt for story-telling? Ibn Ezra feels strongly…
Isaac offers apparently prophetic blessing to Jacob, who he thinks is Esau, and then to Esau when the latter cries. How could blessing flow from deceit?
Abraham the Patriarch breathes his last in Genesis 25. He is “gathered to his people,” a mysterious phrase for which Ibn Ezra offers two insights.
Abraham ibn Ezra wrote poetry praising various patrons. Here’s a particularly enjoyable meditation on which body part is best – eye, ear, or tongue.