Edomites Descendants of Esau

Edomites descended from the Bible character Edom. Edom would mean “red” in Hebrew.

Edom whose birth name was Esau was the older twin brother of Jacob. Their father was the ancestor of the Jews, Isaac. They are on the Amazing Bible Timeline with World History starting in 1921 BC.

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Edom’s Location

The abhorrence of Esau towards Jacob for tricking him into giving up his share of the inheritance was passed on to their descendants. Edomites and Israelites were such constant enemies that there was an account in the Bible when the Edomites didn’t let the Israelites pass through Edom. They tried to conquer the country of Israel during the time of Jehoshaphat but didn’t succeed.

The Edomites were further mentioned as a nation defeated and invaded by Saul and later by David. They allied with Nebuchadnezzar in invading Jerusalem. Their brutality towards the people of Jerusalem and their cruel actions in destroying the First Temple gained criticism from the prophets up to the later eras.

They fought with the Jews many times and became one of the nations conquered by the Maccabees at its peak. Under the leadership of the Maccabees, they were obliged to embrace the Jewish cultures. Their men were circumcised, and they were forced to follow the Jewish laws. Until the time came when they openly mixed themselves with the Jews and did their practices including paganism. The legendary Herod, who ordered the construction of the Second Temple, was an Edomite.

The kingship of the Edomites was elective as opposed to the tradition hereditary. Prior to their forced conversion to Judaism, there were no clear accounts as to what religious practices did the Edomites followed. Some thought that they could had been worshipping the deities El, Baal, Kaus, and Asherah just like the Levantine Semites.

The Land of the Edomites

Edomites inhabited the “country of Edom” which would refer to Mount Seir and Idumea. Mount Seir was previously inhabited by the Horites who were cave dwellers and the Edomites had likely copied this.

Edom was mainly covered with mountains with its principal ancient city at Bozrah. During the time of Amaziah, Petra was the capital city of Edom with its important seaports built in Elath and Ezion Geber.

It was situated inside the legendary Southern Levant in the southeast portion of Palestine covering a few of the most fertile areas in Israel. It also played a significant role in the caravan trade route as it was located in the middle of the Arabian Peninsula and the Mediterranean Sea. Because of these, the Edomites flourished in agriculture and cattle-raising compared to the other cities that were situated in the barren areas. But they gained most from the taxes they imposed on the caravan traders that passed through their area.

Edomites in the Bible

  • Genesis 36:9. Edomites as the descendants of Esau.
  • Genesis 36:43. Magdiel and Iram as the leaders of the Edomites.
  • 2 Samuel 8:14, 1 Chronicles 18:13. The Edomites were conquered by David.
  • 1 Kings 11:1. Some of the wives of King Solomon were of Edomite origin.
  • 2 Chronicles 25:14. The Edomites were defeated and killed by Amaziah.
  • Psalm 137:7. The Edomites cruelly destroyed the foundations of Jerusalem.
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313 thoughts on “Edomites Descendants of Esau

  1. This was a great debate. I didn’t read anything disrespectful. To all the people who say color doesn’t matter, it does. There will be a false Messiah. That much the scripture promises. If Satan went through all the trouble of using men to hide the real Israelites, replace them with a nation of white people, and paint our Savior as a white skinned man, what do you think the Anti Christ will look like? Also prophecy tells us God will call His children (Israel) back to the land from the 4 corners of the earth where they have been scattered. When He calls us back there will be a 2nd exodus of brown people all over the world returning home to Israel. The Gentiles will cleave to them is what scripture says. If you don’t know the color of the Messiah or His chosen you run the risk of ignorantly missing a major warning in the scriptures. So yes. Color does matter. If it didn’t, Satan wouldn’t have worked so hard to change it. Stay in prayer.

    1. Jesus/Yeshua was a Middle Eastern Jew born in Israel, therefore He would have been olive complected or light brown in skin tone with brown eyes that were almond shaped and very dark hair. As for race/ethnicity, biologic race markers cannot be found in genes or DNA. DNA can tell what part of the world your ancestors come from but cannot identify whether or not you are black skinned, yellow skin, brown skin, white skin etc. They have proven that skin color depends on the solar intensity of the region that your ancestors come from. In tropical and sub-Saharan/desert areas of the world the skin tones get darker because of the necessary added pigmentation to deal with the effects of the sun on the skin. The wider flatter nose is designed for warmer more humid climates as well…and they’ve determined that coarser curlier hair fibers provide more UV protection in those same areas where there is the intense solar radiation. However in cooler climates where there is less intense sun exposure the skin gets lighter, the shape of the nose changes because the air is drier and the hair texture is also modified. Basically, they’ve determined that the concept of race is a social construct but biologic race does not exist even though it’s really hard for us to wrap our heads around that. DNA doesn’t lie.

    2. But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I test the Lord!” Then he said, “Hear now, O house of David! Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
      Isaiah 7:12‭-‬14 NKJV
      https://bible.com/bible/114/isa.7.12-14.NKJV
      So if Ahaz made the prophecy of the virgin and he worshipped Molech and Jesus came to fulfill his prophecy does that mean followers of Jesus are worshipping Molech? That’s why I think he was the false messiah. Besides no one can take away sin besides God

  2. Yeshua was in HUMAN flesh..only because being a sacrifice for all whom believe and trust in Him will be absolved from all guilt in the sins committed upon belief and trust. Yeshua also is Adonai in the flesh..Adonai cannot be destroyed..He is. was and always will be forever..flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom according to scripture..when we whom trust and believe are changed at His return, regardless of what color our flesh is, was; will put on a new heavenly spiritual body like unto the angels..why is color so important to man? To me, different shades of skin color within the human race mean NOTHING..man has made the color of skin an issue..but our Holy Father sees our hearts within..our HEART is important, not the color of our hair, skin, eyes etc. God’s blessings of peace, hope and joy to all..

  3. Lord have mercy! From Noah came Ham who became the nation of Africa Or the black race , Japheth who became the Germanic or white race, and Shem the middle-eastern or brown race from whom God chose Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. People please accept the fact that Jesus was neither white nor black; He was brown middle-eastern. I don’t care what historical or Hollywood blunders have been made, He was from parents of Nazareth, but born in Bethlehem, because he was of the House and lineage of King David on His adopted father’s and mother’s side of the family. His family escaped to Egypt where they could blend in with other brown skin middle easterners. Thank God He doesn’t judge me for my white and Native American ancestors’ mistakes, but saved me when I asked Jesus Christ to forgive me and be my Savior! God does not look upon the outward appearance, but upon the heart. Remember that when you’re stabbing each other with your racially charged insults. By the way, His own race of people , middle-eastern brown skin people, have historically been His largest persecutors of Christianity. “He came to His own, but they received Him not.”

  4. People!
    Who cares? Why fight over the colour of skin.
    If God wanted the description of Yeshua then we would have known ….skin colour etc. But God is amazing and God knows that skin colour doesn’t MATTER.
    Who cares? The truth is: **if we knew the true colour of Yeshua then, we still would be fighting**. So give it a rest, just be righteous and follow Yeshua.

    1. I agree with you Sheila, we are being distracted when we focus on colour.
      Jesus came to give his life for the world, in Sunday school we use to sing… Jesus love all the children of the world red, yellow, black and white. We should be focus on why/what Jesus left us or save us to do.

  5. EDOMITES
    IN KISWAHILI “MDOMO”=MOUTH
    JACOB “YAKOBO”=CROOKED
    IN KIKUYU
    IDUMEA “ITUMIA”=THE ONE WHO HAS HIS MOUTH SHUT

    1. It SO does not matter from which line people are descended. Christianity says this: we are ALL descended from Adam and Eve. We became separated from close intimacy with God by not obeying his word. He sent his only son that we may believe in him and therefore be forgiven and we may all live in the love of God and share this word. God bless you and may you know a blessed day, knowing that you are forgiven and therefore bearing no grudge or condemnation against others.

  6. During Moses times, Egypt was ruled by the Greek Empire. However, during the time of Jesus, Romans were in Egypt, levant people lived in Egypt, thus, they can blend in, in Egypt. Therefore, they were able to blend in.

  7. Reading the above comments, you’d almost have to conclude that no one actually reads The Bible. Judah (Jacob’s son) and his descendants were Jews (who later were likely referred to as “Sephardi”). Regarding bloodline, Judah was a Semite, a Hebrew, and, ultimately, a Judahite (later referred to as Jew).

    Categorically NONE of these people were Jews: Noah (Sumerian); Shem (Semite); Eber, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph (all Hebrews). And, NONE of these people were Jews: Moses (from Levi); David (from Ephraim); Mary (from Levi); Joseph (Jesus’s dad, from Ephraim); Paul (from Benjamin). To call Jesus a “Jew” is categorically incorrect, and, to many, it’s an offense. Many key biblical characters “ruled, lived in, or passed through Judah,” but they were NOT genetically “Jew.” ALL of what I say here is found in your bible—EVERY bit of it. This is not hearsay or opinion.

    There are some who believe that the Jew (Sephardi) comes from Isaac’s son, Esau (also called Edom). Edom, the land, was located below Judah. So Edom, the man, would have been a Semite, a Hebrew, and, ultimately, an Edomite—NOT a Judahite; NOT an Israelite (or Jacobson). However, The Bible does NOT make this connection “perfectly” clear, so I don’t subscribe to it—at least, not yet.

    There are others who believe that the “Ashkenazi” Jew comes from Noah (Sumerian)-Japheth (Sumerian)-Gomer (Sumerian)-ASHKENAZ. Here again, we don’t have any definitive proof of this theory.

    Don’t forget to actually READ The Bible. You’ll find a lot of good stuff!

  8. “Man Looks At The Outward Appearance, But The Lord Looks At The Heart.” Samuel16

  9. You write about Edom yet you are blind ! Edomites are the liars, the deceivers..those who pretend to be Israel !!!
    Read John ch 8 … the “JEWS” claim never to have been in bondage..yet are Abraham’s children. JESUS agrees !!!!! FOR ALL 12 tribes of Israel. ALL were in bondage in Egypt…..and later 10 tribes were exiled to Assyria – and were “lost” – and still are….( though we know where ) and the other 2 tribes to Babylon. BUT the JUDAHITES returned and found Jerusalem occupied by these EDOMITES who had aided Nebuchadnezzar….so the 2 tribes moved north and lived in Galilee NOT…a part of JUDAEA. ( Luke ch 2 v 4 )
    In JESUS’ days on earth, the 12 tribes…the TOTAL 12 tribes of ISRAEL. were accounted for. SO who were those people living in JUDAEA…you know, those JESUS feared John ch 7 v 1 or ch 11 v 54 or ch 20 v 19..or those JESUS was prepared to fight.had His kingdom been of this world .John ch 18 v 36?
    NOT ISRAELITES !!!!!!! The kings were the Herods of IDUMEA..sons of Antipas of EDOM !!! —.JUDAEA had become ONE joint kingdom . …. .and these Edomite kings — killed all the baby boys whilst trying to kill JESUS; killed John the Baptist; killed James the brother of John; tried to kill Peter; killed Stephen; had JESUS killed by the Romans…….WAKE UP WORLD !!!!
    Those people who claim to be JEWS are EDOMITES..NOT Israelites !!!
    (They admit it in their own literature.ie their own encyclopaedias.)
    It is those same people who have stolen the identity of ISRAEL whilst ” Israel ” sleeps”…… Deut ch 32 v 26 and Isaiah !!!
    Those who possess “Palestine” (Jerusalem) today are NOT ISRAELITES !
    All 12 tribes are not scattered and “lost”…but GOD will gather them at HIS timing..not ours ! Ezekiel.
    Wake up world !!! WAKE UP the worldwide CHURCH…you teach lies and deceits and hide the TRUTH of GOD..and our Lord Jesus Christ..
    John ch 8 v 44..please read this…is JESUS WRONG???? NO !!!!!!!
    Read Rev ch 2 v 9 and then Rev ch 3 v 9. Read John ch 10 v 36 It says of the Jews…”Ye are NOT MY SHEEP.”
    The church STILL teaches that JESUS was a Jew……what BLASPHEMY !
    Why can’t the world see ?????? Why can’t the church “see” ??? Perhaps Amos ch 8 vs 11-12.will help us understand ??? There is plenty more to say !
    “Jews”..the word…did not exist until 18th cent. AD…….the 19th cent. AD saw the beginning of Zionism at work……and the great deception began…O so recently..and so comprehensively !

    1. It was not Esau that was the Liar

      But Isaac said to his son, “How is it that you have found it so quickly, my son?” And he said, “Because the Lord your God brought it to me.” Isaac said to Jacob, “Please come near, that I may feel you, my son, whether you are really my son Esau or not.” So Jacob went near to Isaac his father, and he felt him and said, “The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.”
      Genesis 27:20‭-‬22 NKJV
      https://bible.com/bible/114/gen.27.20-22.NKJV

  10. I wrote ” All 12 tribes are “NOT” lost…-an error !!!…I meant all 12 tribes ARE “NOW” scattered and lost ” James ch 1 v 1 !!! Sorry, please correct that for me.

    Thank you. rodd.

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