Original Research - Special Collection: UP Faculty of Theology Centenary Volume One

The betrayal of Edom: Remarks on a claimed tradition

Bob Becking
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 4 | a3286 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i4.3286 | © 2016 Bob Becking | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 December 2015 | Published: 30 September 2016

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Bob Becking, Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University, The Netherlands; Department of New Testament Studies, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa, Netherlands

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Biblical and post-Biblical texts refer to the tradition of the betrayal of Edom. During theconquest the brother-nation of Edom would have betrayed Judah by choosing sides with the Babylonians. Historical and archaeological evidence for this ‘fact’ is absent or not convincing. It is argued that the occupation of Southern Judah by the Edomites in late Babylonian and/or Persian times would have been the source of this claimed tradition.


Edom; prophets, brother-nation; Southern Judah; Babylon; tradition, archaeology, history, identity


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