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Gen 46:8–27

46:8–27 This catalog of sons closes the patriarchal period in Canaan and forms a transition to the Exodus from Egypt (Ex. 1:1–7). The list includes the sons and grandsons of Jacob (some of whom were born in Egypt) through his various wives and concubines, although his daughters, except for Dinah (v. 15) and Serah (v. 17), are omitted. Thus the list is designed to culminate in the significant number seventy (v. 27 note) to show both God’s blessing on the family and to anticipate their further expansion into a great nation.