About Edom and Idumea in the Persian Period
Recent Research and Approaches from Archaeology, Hebrew Bible Studies and Ancient Near East Studies
Benedikt Hensel [+–]
University of Zurich
Ehud Ben Zvi [+–]
University of Alberta
Diana V. Edelman [+–]
University of Oslo
This volume is devoted to the regions of Idumea and Edom and their inhabitants in the Persian period. As recent findings and research suggest, in the aftermath of the the elimination of Edom as a kingdom in the Neo-Babylonian period, Edomites continued to inhabit their traditional territory east of the Arabah Valley as well as the region west of the Arabah. The biblical texts contain memories informed by the Persian-period reality.
The eighteen essays collected in this volume highlight new developments in the study of Edom by researchers from the disciplines of archaeology, Near Eastern studies, epigraphy, cultural history, and Hebrew Bible studies. Collectively, they draw a broad-stroke, complex image of historical Edom in the previously understudied Persian period.
Table of Contents
Part I: Overviews
Manchester. Previously he was Director of Manchester Museum, Head of Antiquities at
National Museums Liverpool, and editor of the journal Levant. He has been excavating in
southern Jordan since 1980.
and Contemporary Jewry at Bar-Ilan University and specializes in the history of Israel in the biblical period, biblical historical geography, and the interface between history, archaeology, and the biblical texts. He also serves as the head of Bar-Ilan’s Multidisciplinary Department in Jewish Studies.
Part II: Case Studies
Archaeological Project’s excavations at Khirbat al-Mukhayyat.
the past relationship between humans and the environment, e.g. human dispersal out of Africa and the beginning of domestication. Langgut’s research also involves the identification of micro-botanical remains (mainly pollen) and macro-botanical remains (wood-charcaol remains) from archaeological contexts. Langgut is also the curator of pollen and archaeobotanical collections at the Steinhardt Museum of Natural
History, Tel Aviv University.
Institute of Archaeology and the Head of Ancient Israel Studies in the Department of
Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures, Tel Aviv University. He is the Incumbent of
the Austria Chair of the Archaeology of the Land of Israel in the Biblical Period, and the
Director of the Lautenschlaeger Azekah Expedition and the Ramat Rahel Excavations.
Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures and Director of the
“Ashdod-Yam Archaeological Project”.
current director of the Apollonia-Arsuf Excavation Project (since 2007) and co-director of the German-Israeli Tell Iẓṭabba Excavation Project (since 2019). His research interests concern the material culture of the classical- and medieval-period Near East and its social, political, and economic implications from the mid-first millennium BCE to the early second
millennium CE. (Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures, Tel Aviv
Jerusalem, spending over a decade at the Israel Antiquities Authority. She is currently co-director of the Beit Lehi Regional Project under the auspices of The Hebrew University.
University of Jerusalem, carrying out post-doctoral research at the Frankel Center for Judaic
Studies at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. At present, he is director of The Hebrew
University’s salvage excavation program and co-director of the Beit Lehi Regional Project.
He is pursuing doctoral studies at the Institute of Archaeology of The Hebrew University of
Jerusalem and is co-director of the Beit Lehi Regional Project.
studied Ancient Near Eastern languages and archaeology at the universities of Freiburg and Münster (Germany). He finished his PhD on the inscriptions of Nabonidus and Cyrus the Great. His second book (habilitation) deals with the Babylonian concept of disaster by divine decree, from the fall of Ur in the third millennium to the destructions of Babylon in the second and first millennia BCE. Schaudig’s studies focus on the interconnection of history and literature in Babylonia and Assyria.
also teaches two courses in the Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and
Archaeology. She is a member of the Minerva Center for the Relations between Israel and
Aram in Biblical Times.
the Sorbonne. He teaches as Associate Professor at the University of Strasbourg and is an
IUF and HCAS fellow.
Univ. Berlin. He is currently a Fellow at the Paris Institute for Advanced Study (IEA) for
Part III: Literary Constructions of “Edom”: The Hebrew Bible Traditions