Thursday, March 12, 2009

GENESIS: Chapter 36

Chapter 36
Summary:This chapter consists of another series of lists, and also introduces that Esau also goes by the name Edom.

It begins with the list of Esau's wives, and his descendants:
  • Adah (daughter of Elon the Hethite):
    • Eliphaz
      • Teman
      • Omar
      • Zepho
      • Gatam
      • Kenaz
      • Amalek (born to Timna, Eliphaz' concubine)
  • Oholibamah (daughter of Anah and granddaughter of Zibeon the Hivite):
    • Jeush
    • Jalam
    • Korah
  • Basemath (Esau's cousin, daughter of Ishmael, sister of Nebaioth):
    • Reuel
      • Nahath
      • Zerah
      • Shammah
      • Mizzah
The chapter then gives the names of tribes descended from Seir, the Horite - one of the native families of Mount Seir where Esau later moved to:
  • Lotan:
    • Hori
    • Heman
  • Shobal:
    • Alvan
    • Manahath
    • Ebal
    • Shepho
    • Onam
  • Zibeon:
    • Aiah
    • Anah
  • Anah:
    • Dishon
    • Oholibamah
  • Dishon:
    • Hemdan
    • Eshban
    • Ithran
    • Cheran
  • Ezer:
    • Bilhan
    • Zaavan
    • Akan
  • Dishan:
    • Uz
    • Aran
The chapter then follows with a list of the kings of Edom in order of succession:
  • King Bela (son of Beor) from Dinhabah in Edom
  • King Jobab (son of Zerah), from Bozrah
  • King Husham, from the land of Temanites
  • King Hadad (son of Bedad), from Avith
  • King Samlah from Masrekah
  • King Shaul from Rehoboth-by-the-River
  • King Baal-hanan (son of Achbor)
  • King Hadad, from the city of Pau
Finally, our last list is of the sub-tribes of Esau/Edom:
  • Timna
  • Alvah
  • Jetheth
  • Oholibamah
  • Elah
  • Pinon
  • Kenaz
  • Teman
  • Mibzar
  • Magdiel
  • Iram
Thoughts:Another very poorly laid out list of lists, that repeats certain portions more than detailed in the summary above, and contains various people sharing the same name from different generations.

Again, most of these names are irrelevant and won't be heard from again. Mostly this chapter can simply be skipped and used as a reference point in later chapters if needed.

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