First English edition of the Nuremberg chronicle: being the Liber chronicarum of Dr. Hartmann Schedel…
FOLIO XXV verso and XXVI recto

[NOTE: The text of Folio XXV verso and XXVI recto as given in the Chronicle has required rearranging in order to keep the subject matter in proper sequence. In the Chronicle the illustrations to the genealogies begin on a right hand page and extend from there to the left, and the text follows the same order, as the editor apparently set himself the task of keeping text and illustrations in juxtaposition. We will therefore begin at the right (Folio XXVI recto):]

Isaac, son of Abraham, beloved of God, lived for a long time after his father. When Isaac was 60 years of age, twins, namely Jacob and Esau, were born to him by his wife Rebekah, daughter of Bethuel. Said Isaac was a very virtuous man. He died at the age of 185 years and was buried at Hebron by his sons.

Esau, the hairy huntsman, first born, sold his birthright to his brother Jacob for a portion of lentils. Without the consent of his parents he married a Canaanitish wife.[According to Genesis 26:34-35, Esau at the age of 40 took to wife Judith, the daughter of Beeri, the Hittite, and also Bashemath, the daughter of Elon, another Hittite.]His brother defrauded him of his father’s blessing; and for this Esau determined to slay his brother. But he (Esau) lived in Edom, called Idumea, and later Mt. Seir. And as Jacob returned from Mesopotamia, his brother came to him peaceably with 400 men.[This is a rather unsatisfactory abridgement of the biblical narrative. It omits the wily advice of Asenath, the wife of Isaac, that Jacob flee from his brother until Esau’s wrath had cooled (Genesis 27:42-45); Jacob’s flight to Haran (Genesis 28:10), and hence to Mesopotamia (Genesis 29:1); the fraud practiced on his father-in-law, Laban (Genesis 30:37-43 and 31:19-23); how in fear of Esau he made extensive arrangements to appease his just wrath with 200 she-goats and 20 he-goats, 200 ewes and 20 rams; 30 milch camels with their colts; 40 kine and 10 bulls, 20 she-asses and 10 foals, and had his servants drive these to Esau with fine presentation speeches (Genesis 32:13-23); how he cunningly arranged his caravan should Esau give trouble (Genesis 33:1-3), etc. What wonder that the guileless and forgiving Esau ran to meet and embrace him! Either the chronicler held a brief for Jacob, or space was too precious to tell the whole truth.]

Jacob was born in the 3394th year of the world, and lived 147 years. He had four wives, Leah (Lya), Rachel, Zilpah (Zelpha) and Bilhah (Bala).

Rachel, Jacob’s wife, was barren for a long time, but finally she had two sons and died in childbirth. She was buried near Bethlehem.

Jacob, the patriarch and most holy man, was born to Isaac, and thereafter, in this 90th year, Joseph was born to him by Rachel. He lived 56 years thereafter, and died in Egypt.

(End of Genealogical Text on FOLIO XXVI recto)


(Continuation of Genealogical Text on FOLIO XXV verso):

Levi was the father of all the Levites, from whom all the priesthood sprang.

Chore (Korah), son of Izhar, quarreled with Aaron concerning the priesthood, because he was the firstborn of Izhar; for which reason he and 250 men were destroyed by fire from heaven. [Korah (Chore) was the son of Izhar, grandson of Kohath, and great grandson of Levi. He was a proud and ambitious ringleader, together with others of the tribe of Reuben, against his cousins Moses and Aaron. It was a widespread political rebellion against Moses, who held the leadership, to which the tribe of Reuben, the firstborn, aspired, and from which they had been excluded. With 250 men prominent in the congregation they went to Moses and Aaron, charging them with usurpation. Moses appealed to the Lord and Korah and his men were destroyed by fire from above.]

Maria (Miriam), the sister of Moses, was a prophetess, and she made a beautiful song of praise, which she sang. She was leprous for seven days because of her murmurings against Moses. She died in Kadesh in the wilderness and was buried there. [Miriam, the sister of Moses and Aaron, after the passage of the Red Sea, led the choir of the women of Israel in the sublime song of deliverance (Exodus 15:20); but afterward, having joined Aaron in murmuring against Moses, she was smitten with leprosy, and restored only in answer to the prayers of Moses. She died and was buried at Kadesh, in the wilderness (Numbers 12:1-15; 20:1).]

Jacob had six children by Leah[Actually Jacob had seven children with Leah, all of which are named in the rest of the paragraph.], namely: Judah, of whom came the kingly order, and thereafter our Lord, Jesus Christ; Reuben, who lost the rights of the firstborn, Simeon and Levi, of whom came the priestly order; Issachar; Zebulun; and Dinah, who was compromised by Shechem.[Jacob on his return from Padan-aram to Canaan, halted at Shechem. Here Dinah was wronged by Shechem, son of the Prince Hamor. His offer of marriage was accepted on condition that he and all the other men in the town be circumcised. But while they were recovering, Dinah’s brothers killed all the men, pillaged the place, and made prisoners of the women and children.]

As the evil city of the Sodomites was destroyed by fire, Abraham centenarian, by divine command knew his wife, and she conceived, and when the year was full she bore him a son, whom according to divine command she called Isaac, a name meaning that many people would come of him; and he was circumcised on the eighth day after birth.