Definitions for edomˈi dəm
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an ancient country between the Dead Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba, bordering ancient Palestine.
Category: Geography (places), Ancient History
The name given to Esau in the Hebrew Bible.
The nation that purportedly traced their ancestry to Esau.
Edom or Idumea was a Semitic inhabited historical region of the Southern Levant located south of Judea and the Dead Sea. It is mentioned in biblical records as a 1st millennium BC Iron Age kingdom of Edom, and in classical antiquity the cognate name Idumea was used to refer to a smaller area in the same region. The name Edom means "red" in Hebrew, and was given to Esau, the eldest son of the Hebrew patriarch Isaac, once he ate the "red pottage", which the Bible used in irony at the fact he was born "red all over". The Torah, Tanakh and New Testament thus describe the Edomites as descendants of Esau.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
or Idumæa, a mountainous but not unfertile country, comprising the S. of Judæa and part of the N. of Arabia Petræa, 100 m. long by 20 m. broad, peopled originally by the descendants of Esau, who were ruled by "dukes," and were bitterly hostile to the Jews.
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