Thursday, February 24, 2011

Genesis 36:9-14 Esau and the Edomites of Seir

"This is the account of Esau the father of the Edomites in the hill country of Seir." (Genesis 36:9 NIV)

Although Esau had already been associated with Seir (Genesis 32:3) to some extent, it seems that when Jacob returned, Esau realized that the land could not support them both and thus he moved more entirely into Seir. (Genesis 36:6)  Although Esau was the firstborn, he had sold the birthright to Jacob.  Therefore, Jacob had the legal right to have first choice of his father's property.

"These are the names of Esau's sons:
        Eliphaz, the son of Esau's wife Adah,
        and Reuel, the son of Esau's wife Basemath.

The sons of Eliphaz:  Teman, Omar, Zepho, Gatam and Kenaz.  Esau's son Eliphaz also had a concubine named Timna, who bore him Amalek.  These were grandsons of Esau's wife Adah.

The sons of Reuel:  Nahath, Zerah, Shammah and Mizzah.  These were grandsons of  Esau's wife Basemath.

The sons of Esau's wife Oholibamah daughter of Anah and granddaughter of Zibeon, whom she bore to Esau:  Jerush, Jalam and Korah."   (Genesis 36:10-14 NIV)

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