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Title: Edomite Westward Expansion
Subtitle: The Biblical Evidence
Author(s): LINDSAY, John
Journal: Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Volume: 36    Date: 1999   
Pages: 48-89
DOI: 10.2143/ANES.36.0.525780

Abstract :
This paper aims to complement the archaeological research on Edomite settlement west of the Arabah, by attempting to demonstrate from the biblical texts that Edomite pressure on the Judahite south was a long term phenomenon. The data are drawn from the narratives concerning five Judaean kings who reigned during the ninth to the sixth centuries BCE, as well as from the book of First Esdras. Special attention is given in an excursus to texts where the rendering of the names ‘Edom’ and ‘Aram’ are open to question. I conclude that the Edomites, after several setbacks, but with Assyrian and Babylonian help, eventually succeeded in establishing themselves in the Judahite south.

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