Sailhamer, John H. The Pentateuch As Narrative. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1992.
Chapter 1, “Genesis” pp. 81-240.
Part 4 “Account of Esau (36:1-43)” pp. 204-205.
Sailhamer draws a comparison between the separations of Abraham and Lot and of Jacob and Esau. Here Esau leaves to move east, away from the promise. Esau, also called Edom, becomes a great leader but is not the chosen one (Sailhamer 1992, 204). The rest of chapter 36 is genealogical in nature, further describing the influence of Esau.