Genesis 36:1
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New American Standard Bible
Now these are the records of the generations of Esau (that is, Edom).

King James Bible
Now these are the generations of Esau, who is Edom.

Darby Bible Translation
And these are the generations of Esau, that is Edom.

World English Bible
Now this is the history of the generations of Esau (that is, Edom).

Young's Literal Translation
And these are births of Esau, who is Edom.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

This passage is introductory, and records the settlement of Esau with his family in Mount Seir. "Esau, who is Edom." This is a fact of which we were informed in the previous history Genesis 25:25, Genesis 25:30. It is mentioned here because the latter name gave origin to the national designation; namely, the Edomites or Idumaeans. The occurrence of this explanatory or definitive clause here and in other parts of this chapter throws light on the manner in which this work was composed. Such parenthetical explanations are sometimes ascribed to the reviser or redactor of the original text. And to this there is no theoretic objection, provided the reviser be allowed to be of equal authority with the original author, and the explanatory addition be necessary for the reader of a later period, and could not have been furnished by the original author. Otherwise, such a mode of accounting for these simple clauses is unnecessary, and therefore, unwarrantable. The present case the writer has already explained, and the latest reader requires the clause no more than the earliest, as he is aware from the previous notices that Esau is Edom. We are thus led to regard these explanatory clauses as marks of an early or artless simplicity of style, and not as any clear or certain traces of revision.

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Genesis 25:30
and Esau said to Jacob, "Please let me have a swallow of that red stuff there, for I am famished." Therefore his name was called Edom.

Genesis 36:8
So Esau lived in the hill country of Seir; Esau is Edom.

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