Genesis 36:1

ESV These are the generations of Esau (that is, Edom).
NIV This is the account of the family line of Esau (that is, Edom).
NASB Now these are the records of the generations of Esau (that is, Edom).
CSB These are the family records of Esau (that is, Edom).
NLT This is the account of the descendants of Esau (also known as Edom).
KJV Now these are the generations of Esau, who is Edom.

What does Genesis 36:1 mean?

Genesis is divided into sections, using the Hebrew word tōledot', literally meaning "records of the generations." Each section focuses on the main descendants of a certain Old Testament figure. Earlier sections discussed the heirs of Adam (Genesis 5:1), Noah (Genesis 6:9), Shem (Genesis 11:10), Terah, the father of Abraham (Genesis 11:27), and Ishmael (Genesis 25:12). The portion immediately before this gave the history of Isaac, Esau's father, and mostly focused on Esau's twin brother, Jacob (Genesis 25:19).

This chapter describes the generations of Esau, also identified as Edom. Edom is the name given to the nation which controlled Seir, the region Esau and his descendants occupied. They become known as the Edomites (Numbers 20:14–21; 1 Samuel 14:47; 2 Kings 8:20; Obadiah 1:8–11).

The next chapter will begin the "generations of Jacob," focusing mostly on his son Joseph.
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