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Winter 2021 Caption Contest Winners

Biblical Archaeology Review Winter 2021: Winners

And the Winner Is …

Winter 2021 Caption Contest

Credit: Eric Carlson

“Pops, you’re going to love my lamb chowder, or my name isn’t Esau!”

—Fenton Groff, Mays Landing, New Jersey

Thank you to all those who submitted caption entries for our Winter 2021 cartoon, based on ­Genesis 27:19: “Jacob said to his father, ‘I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me; now sit up and eat of my game, so that you may bless me.’” We are pleased to congratulate Fenton Groff of Mays Landing, New Jersey, who wrote the winning caption.


“Mom has put me in a hairy situation …”

—Phillip Hadden, Concord, Illinois

“What do you mean you are waiting for an Uber Eats delivery from Chick-fil-A?”

—Roy Bedford, St. Albert, Alberta, Canada

Honorable Mentions:

“Hi, Pop! Are you game for a game with game?”

—Hattee Christian, Columbia, South Carolina

“I wonder if Esau me?!”

—Chaim Kagedan, Teaneck, New Jersey

Looks like Jacob is game-ing the system.

—Mark Verhagen, Harrison, Ohio

He came, Esau, he conquered!

—Rita Epilone, Brentwood, New York

“There’s more game here than just what’s in the bowl, my son!”

—David A. Palmer, Higganum, Connecticut

“Wake up and bless this mess!”

—Cathy Johnston, Prud’homme, Saskatchewan, Canada

“The way to an old man’s blessing is through his stomach.”

—LaDonna Osborn, Tulsa, Oklahoma

“This is only the first course; the just deserts come later.”

—Thomas Massoth, Bakersfield, California

“Forgive me, Father, for I have lied.”

—Elizabeth J. Watts, Fairmont, West Virginia

“Before you get my blessing, you really need a shave and a shower.”

—Jerry Fust, St. Johns, Michigan

“Hmm, are you trying to put the wool over my eyes?”

—Ted Schvimer, Needham Heights, Massachusetts

“Ah, just in time to see how my Lasik turned out!”

—Rosanne Huttman, Stockholm, New Jersey

A blessing in disguise.

—Mark Kirby, Covington, Louisiana

“Son, that’s called identity theft.”

—Mark Mattison, Warsaw, Minnesota

Stressed, dressed, and blessed.

—Evonne Halvorsen, Arden Hills, Minnesota

“Don’t try that old trick on me—I wanted game, not porridge!”

—Eliezer Havivi, Teaneck, New Jersey

“I may have overdone the hair. He didn’t call me Esau or Jacob—but Sasquatch.”

—Patrick McAnaney, Alameda, California

The “Souper Duper.”

—Ingrid Kohlstadt, Annapolis, Maryland

“And if you swallow that, I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn!”

—Harry Pell, White Plains, New York

“I asked you to bless me—not the soup!”

—Steve Sears, Hyde Park, Massachusetts

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