The descendents of Seir (1 Chr 1:38-1:42)

“The sons of Seir or Edom were Lotan, Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, Dishon, Ezer, and Dishan. The sons of Lotan were Hori and Homam. Lotan’s sister was Timna. The sons of Shobal were Alian, Manahath, Ebal, Shephi, and Onam. The sons of Zibeon were Aiah and Anah. The son of Anah was Dishon. The sons of Dishon were Hamran, Eshban, Ithran, and Cheran. The sons of Ezer were Bilhan, Zaavan, and Jaakan. The sons of Dishan were Uz and Aran.”

Once again, there is a similarity to Genesis, chapter 36, where Seir is called a Horite, a branch of the Hivites. Seir is both a leader and the name of a place, where Esau was living. They seem to inter-marry with Esau and the Edomites. This Seir, who was an early leader southeast of the Dead Sea, had 7 sons and at least 1 daughter, who nearly became the daughter-in-law of Esau. They were considered the chiefs of the Horites in the land Seir. This appears to be an attempt to show how Esau and the others lived in Edom. (1) Lotan’s 2 sons were Hori and Heman. The sister of Lotan was (3) Timna, the concubine of Eliphaz, the son of Esau. (3) Shobal’s 5 sons were Alian or Alvan as in Genesis, Manahath, Ebal, Shephi or Shepho as in Genesis, and Onam. (4) Zibeon’s 2 sons were Aiah and Anah, who found springs in the wilderness. (5) Anah is both the name of the son of Zibeon and Zibeon’s brother.   Anah’s son was Dishon and his sister Oholibamah married Esau. Once again, (6) Dishon is listed as the son of Anah and his brother. Dishon’s 4 sons were Hamran or Hemdan in Genesis, Eshban, Ithran, and Cheran. (7) Ezer’s 3 sons were Bilhan, Zaavan, and Jaakan or Akan in Genesis. (8) Dishan’s 2 sons were Uz and Aran. Uz is a name and place connected with Aram.

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