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The Biblical toponym and ethnonym Edom has been used in religious Jewish literature since late antiquity as a designation for the Roman Empire. In the Middle Ages and into the modern era, the term was identified with Christian territories and Christian people who were hostile to the Jews. Along with Edom, other biblical toponyms and ethnonyms, such as Ishmael, Amalek, and Ashkenaz​, were used as a code to designate people and places of later times and …

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Schmidt, Clemens, “Edom”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 11 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0192>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180401

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