Esau moves to Seir, Esau has three wives and five sons from Genesis 36:1-46 commented by ASV and questions

Too many animals for the land of Kiriath-arba

When Israel came from Haran in Paddan-aram Esau lived in Seir or Edom, a mountain area close to the valley south east of the death sea, however when Israel came with his huge camp to Kiriath-arba Esau also moved back there, but the land couldn’t provide for them both, their animals were to many.

Esau moves to Seir in Edom

It is normal to think that Israel and Esau discussed the matter and Esau probably accepted that his brother had the right to the land that God had promised Abraham, Isaac and now Israel. This resulting in that Esau with his huge flock moved to Seir, the mountain area of Edom.

Esau’s wives

Esau had three wives, Adah the daughter of the Hittite Elon, Oholibamah daughter of another Hittite, Anah. The third wife was the daughter of Ishmael, Basemath. Adah had a son, Eliphaz, who could have been the same Eliphaz that came to comfort Job in his misery. Oholibamah had three sons, Jeush, Jalam and Korah. Basemath became the mother of Esau’s youngest son, Reuel.

Israel’s enemies, Edom and Amalek

Altogether Esau had five sons, Eliphaz, Jeush, Jalam, Korah and Reuel. Esau’s descendants became the people of Edom, later to be Israel’s enemies and to cause great problems. Timna was a concubine of Eliphaz, Esau’s son; and she bore Amalek to Eliphaz, this Amalek became a nation and a notorious enemy of the Israeli people.


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