Breishit 36:21 list דישון as the son of Se'ir, but verse 25 lists him as the son of Ana, which would make him a grandson of Se'ir. Which is it? Why the contradiction?

  • Adding some supporting Hebrew (at least "דישון") would make this question easier to understand quickly, I think. – MTL Dec 5 '14 at 4:09
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    Why do you think there is any contradiction - both Seir and Anah had a son whom they named Dishon. – user4523 Dec 5 '14 at 4:13
  • @GeminiMan - If you can source this and place as answer, that would work well. – DanF Dec 5 '14 at 4:14
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    It doesn't need a source, just a pair of glasses :) – user4523 Dec 5 '14 at 4:15
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According to Da'at Mikra, it's not a contradiction. On verse 36 they write that there were two Dishons and one Dishan. On verse 21 they write that Dishon was a common Horite/Hurrian name. There are many examples in Tanach of people whose children shared names with their parents' siblings (example 1 (Elpa'al being the father of Zevadiah I and Bri'ah), example 2). Moreover, note that Dishon ben Seir is spelled דישון while Dishon ben Ana is spelled דשן. And Dishan is spelled דישן.

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