“Jacob came safely to the city of Shechem, which is in the land of Canaan, on his way from Paddan-aram. He camped before the city. From the sons of Hamor, Shechem’s father, he bought for a hundred pieces of money the plot of land on which he had pitched his tent. There he erected an altar and called it El-Elohe-Israel.”
Jacob came to Shechem in the land of Canaan, and bought some land, from the sons of Hamor, probably Hivites. This is the second purchase of land after Abraham had purchased Sarah’s tomb. Jacob had built a house at Succoth, but here he pitched a tent. He also erected an altar called El-Elohe-Israel, a name that does not appear anywhere else in biblical literature. Thus Shechem, about 34 miles north of Jerusalem, will become a place of worship. Abram had passed through here near the oaks of Moreh.
“Now Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him away to Paddan-aram to take a wife from there, and that as he blessed him he charged him, ‘You shall not marry one of the Canaanite women.’ Jacob had obeyed his father and his mother and gone to Paddan-aram. So when Esau saw that the Canaanite women did not please Isaac his father, Esau went to Ishmael and took Mahalath the daughter of Abraham’s son Ishmael, sister of Nebaioth to be his wife in addition to the wives he had.”
Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him away to find a wife that was not a Canaanite. Esau then took Mahalath as his wife, in addition to his other two wives. She was Abraham’s half brother Ishmael’s daughter, his first cousin, and the sister of Nebaioth of Edom. Thus he was trying to keep his marriage within the family, only it is with Ishmael’s family.