17. Late Historical Edom and Reading Edom, Seir, and Esau in the Prophetic Literature through Persian Lenses: Preliminary Observations
About Edom and Idumea in the Persian Period - Recent Research and Approaches from Archaeology, Hebrew Bible Studies and Ancient Near East Studies - Benedikt Hensel
Diana V. Edelman [+]
University of Oslo
Are memories concerning Edom, Esau, and Seir in the prophetic texts invented or claimed, and do they better reflect a “culture of resentment” or a “proximate other? This is the question Diana V. Edelman puts into the focus of her essay “Late Historical Edom and Reading Edom, Seir, and Esau in the Prophetic Literature through Persian Lenses: Preliminary Observations.” After reviewing the late-monarchic southern trade routes and supply systems, the essay investigates what would have replaced them in the Neo-Babylonian and Persian periods. It then moves to a reconsideration of the prophetic texts against this new background, exploring the possible development of Edom in Judean social memory in the prophetic corpus.