Mother: Bashemath or Mahalath

  • "And Bashemath Ishmael’s daughter, sister of Nebajoth". (Gen 36:3)
  • "and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite:" (Gen 26:34)
  • "Mahalath the daughter of Ishmael Abraham’s son, the sister of Nebajoth, to be his wife." (Gen 28:9)

Bashemath could be the same person as Mahalath bat Ishmael? In either case - she had one son:

  • Reuel the son of Bashemath the wife of Esau. (Gen 36:10)

Genesis 36 Narrative

17 ¶ And these are the sons of Reuel Esau’s son; duke Nahath, duke Zerah, duke Shammah, duke Mizzah: these are the dukes that came of Reuel in the land of Edom; these are the sons of Bashemath Esau’s wife. (Gen 36:17)


Offspring of Reuel and unknown parent
Name Birth Death Joined with
Natath ben Reuel
Zerah ben Reuel 9999 Edom 9999 Edom
Shammah ben Reuel
Mizzah ben Reuel



Offspring of Esau and Adah bat Elon
Name Birth Death Joined with
Eliphaz ben Esau 9999 Mount Seir Timna bat Seir

Offspring of Esau and Aholibamah bat Anah
Name Birth Death Joined with
Jeush ben Esau
Jalam ben Esau
Korah ben Esau

Offspring of Esau and Bashemath bat Ishmael
Name Birth Death Joined with
Reuel ben Esau


the Edomites


  • Book of Genesis
  • See Wikipedia article Esau
  • Esau - LDS Bible Dictionary


There is a contradiction as to the names of Esau's wives. More information here [1]

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