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Origins: The Canaanites: The Children of Seir

Shalom, everyone! The following is a diagram of the Canaanite family of Seir son of Hur, son of Hivi, son of Canaan, son of Ham, based upon the accounts of the Book of Genesis (Bereshith) in the Tanakh, the Book of Jasher, and the Book of Jubilees. Please click twice on the diagram to expand to full size:



The Canaanites: The Children of Seir

The Children of Seir were a Hamitic/Troglodyte family descended from Seir son of Hur, son of Hivi, son of Canaan, son of Ham (Jasher 10:28). Seir‘s father Hur was the progenitor of the Horites. The Horites were said to be troglodytes or cave dwellers or cave men. From the Horites came Seir who was the grandfather of one of Esau‘s wives. After being subdued and driven out of Mount Seir by Esau‘s descendants, the Edomites, the Horites migrated north into Anatolia (Turkey), Europe, Central Asia and North Asia where they intermarried with the sons of Japheth.

Seir had issue:

  • Five sons Lothan, Shobal, Zibeon, Dishan, and Ezer. Two additional sons, Anah and Dishon, are mentioned in the Book of Genesis, however, the Book of Jasher states they were actually grandson and great-grandson respectively of Seir through his third son Zibeon.

The Children of Seir settled in the mountainous region between the Dead Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba, and called it Mount Seir. Esau son of Isaac married Oholibamah daughter of Zibeon, son of Seir. Esau would later settle in Mount Seir with his family, the Edomites, leaving his parents behind in the Land of Canaan after his younger brother Jacob received the blessing of the firstborn son. The Children of Seir intermarried with the Edomites and were eventually brought under Edomite rule. Their land, Mount Seir, was renamed Edom.

Family of Seir Descendants
 Lothan Zimran was the first son of Seir. He had issue:

  • Two sons Hori and Heman, and one daughter Timnah;
  • Timnah became the concubine of Eliphaz son of Esau, son of Isaac, and had issue:
    • One son Amalek.
 Shobal Shobal was the second son of Seir. He had issue:

  • Five sons Alvan, Manahath, Ebal, Shepho, and Onam.
 Zibeon Zibeon was the third son of Seir. He had issue:

  • Two sons Ajah/Aiah and Anah; and one daughter Oholibamah;
  • Oholibamah married Esau son of Isaac, and had issue:
    • Three sons Jeush, Jaalam and Korah;
  • Anah married Marzith daughter of Esau son of Isaac, and his first wife Judith.
 Dishan Dishan was the fourth son of Seir. He had issue:

  • Two sons Uz and Aran.
 Ezer Ezer was the fifth son of Seir. He had issue:

  • Three sons Bilhan, Zaavan and Akan;
  • Bilhan married Puith daughter of Esau son of Isaac.
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