Monday, March 25, 2013

Reboot the Pentateuch: The Tenth Saga - The Generations of Esau (Gen 36:1-43)

This is part 12 of 20 in a series about the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible. In it we will explore the context of the book, specifically its relationship to the Egyptian culture of its day.

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This Saga is trapped between two long and interesting we will keep it brief.

Esau's tribe and Jacob's tribe were too large for them to stay near to each other, which is why he took up residence in the south of the Jordan Valley, in Edom (36:6-8).

Esau fathers the Edomites, and many of his descendents would be enemies of the Israelites in coming centuries (for example, Amalek--whose descendents we will encounter later, during Moses' time).   Some think that Jobab (v.33) was Job, but there really is no evidence for this other than the similarity of their names. Other than that, I see nothing particularly noteworthy during this passage.