The language of ivrit ( עברית ) Genesis 36, Post #1

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Genesis 36:1-7


Starting a new chapter with the generations of Esau and they begin to talk about the four wives from the women of the Canaanites. Then it says which of his kids was born to each of those women.

Some say the names being listed is boring. In English that might be true, but I learn a few things from reading them. Each name means something in Hebrew and as I read them, sometimes I see a word that I know, which makes me think about why they would have named that son "tablecloth" for example. A crazy, made up example.

The other thing is that I am able to confirm that my pronunciation of the words on the page are correct, or where maybe the interpreters changed the English for whatever reason. Example: Yeshua was changed to Jesus. A real example.

Another interesting thing is that Esau's first wife was Elon's daughter. Then if that seems interesting to you, then you can see how "Elon" looks in Hebrew.

Finally, we have a bit of the story which leads us to believe that the brothers were so rich in possessions that they had to separate or the land would not produce enough for their livestock. I would just assign them carbon credits and make them pay money to somebody who could not possibly impact the amount of carbon... (tangent)

In reality, the earth has plenty of resources for eight billion people and I know this because we have eight billion people on the earth. The earth has plenty but Mr Gates has purchased hundreds of thousands of acres just to make sure nobody plants anything on them (in order to make what he says true). But God provides and nobody can change that. There is an abundance of water and God distills it for us every day and every year. We drink sea water that has gone up into the clouds, then it rains down and fills our wells and lakes.

Today's reading


These are the generations of Esau (that is, Edom). Esau took his wives from the Canaanites: Adah the daughter of Elon the Hittite, Oholibamah the daughter of Anah the daughter of Zibeon the Hivite, and Basemath, Ishmae's daughter, the sister of Nebaioth. And Adah bore to Esau, Eliphaz; Basemath bore Reuel; and Oholibamah bore Jeush, Jalam, and Korah. These are the sons of Esau who were born to him in the land of Canaan.

Then Esau took his wives, his sons, his daughters, and all the members of his household, his livestock, all his beasts, and all his property that he had acquired in the land of Canaan. He went into a land away from his brother Jacob. For their possessions were too great for them to dwell together. The land of their sojournings could not support them because of their livestock.


The story continues next week with more names...

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