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[German Version]

(‘edôm) means “reddish,” and the parallel term Seir (sē'îr) “rough,” probably the brush in the mountains. They designate a landscape or ethnicity south of the Dead Sea: in the first instance, to the southeast, between Wādī l-Ḥasā and the Gulf of Aqaba, but also in the Wādī l-'Araba and the southern Negeb.

“Seir” occurs first in the Amarna Letters (Amarna; EA 288.26; mid-14th cent.) and in a place list of Ramses II (mid-13th cent.), “Edom” in a letter from the eighth year of Merneptah (1216), in each case in connection with Š3św-bedouins.…

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Dietrich, Walter, “Edom”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 08 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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