Friday, January 04, 2019

Obadiah 1:9

Daily Hebrew: 

Teman: In Obadiah's poetry here, Teman is a poetic parallel term for Edom. It may be a tribal territory of inexact delimitation. If it is a specific location, and not just a general territory, it is difficult to pin down with any certainty. Some simply equate Teman with Bozrah, Edom's capital since the eighth century BCE. This would place Teman in Edom's north (see map below). However, the Kuntillet ’Ajrud inscriptions mention “Yahweh of Teman,” and Kuntilet Ajrud is south of Bozrah, south of Kadesh Barnea on the ancient route leading to Eilat and the Gulf of Aqaba. This may suggest a southern locale for Teman. Further, the fourth-century CE historian Eusebius locates Teman in the southern part of Edom and ties it to the ancient king Husham (Gen 36:34).  


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