Sailhamer, John H. The Pentateuch As Narrative Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1992.
Chapter 1, “Genesis” pp. 81-240.
Part 2 “Account of Abraham (11:27-25:10) pp. 137-184. Section A “Line of Abraham (11:27-32)” pp. 137-139.
“The function of this genealogy is not so much to connect Abraham with the preceding events, as the previous genealogies have done, but to provide the reader with the necessary background for understanding the events in the life of Abraham which follow” (Sailhamer 1992, 137). This is a list of eight names, two short of the ten Sailhamer suggests we would expect. The two to be revealed are Ishmael and Isaac. Abraham’s departure from Ur, his homeland though not the place God called him, is a move from the east toward God’s promise (Sailhame 1992, 138).