Today’s reading is: Gen. 36; 1 Chr. 1:35-2:2
Genesis Chapter Thirty-Six
- The entire chapter is given over to a description of Jacob’s twin, Esau.
- Esau is renamed Edom, and his descendants become the nation of the Edomites.
- They are given land and an assortment of chiefs centuries before Israel will enjoy a kingdom in the land of promise (Gen. 36:31).
- There are some name similarities in this chapter with the book of Job.
- It is a mistake to place Job within an Edomite framework. It is better to identify Job with the Jobab of Joktan’s line (Gen. 10:29), rather than the Jobab of Esau’s line (Gen. 36:33,34).
- Esau’s son Eliphaz had a son named Teman (Gen. 36:11), but he should not be identified with Eliphaz the Temanite who came to comfort Job (Job 2:11).
- Seir’s grandson Uz is sometimes thought to be the founder of the land of Uz (Job 1:1), but the better Uz is the son of Aram, and grandson of Shem (Gen. 10:23).