from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of a Semitic people inhabiting Edom in ancient times.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A person descended from Esau (Edom)
- proper n. A Canaanite Semitic language spoken by the Edomites in southwestern Jordan in the first millennium BCE, extinct from the 6th century BCE.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the descendants of Esau or Edom, the brother of Jacob; an Idumean.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A descendant of Esau or Edom; one of the race which dwelt in southern Palestine (called Edom, or Idumæa), and which was bitterly hostile to the Isrælites, a kindred nation.
The very name Edomite, given to the descendants of Esau (Edom), has served to perpetuate the remembrance of the circumstances attending Esau's birth and the sale of his first birthright.
He is also the ancestor of the '' Edomite '' people, who would strive with the house of [[Israel]] for generations to come.
In mentioning the Edomite Kings, the Bible uses the expression "... before there reigned any king over the children of Israel."
In the 11th century, Isaac ibn Yashush pointed out that a list of Edomite kings in Genesis 36 named kings who were born long after Moses died.
According to the Rabbis, Saul did so upon the evil counsel of Doeg the Edomite.
His wives were to have included the daughter of Pharaoh, as well as women of Moabite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite origins (1 Kgs 7: 8; 11: 1).
Deut. 23: 9 proscribes marriage with an Edomite or an Egyptian until the third generation, a ban on which the Tosefta (Kiddushin 5: 4) elaborates:
Unless you are an Edomite from 2500 years ago, you can relax.
Of course, there are the exceptions I mentioned above — a Kohen cannot marry a convert but can marry the Jewish-born daughter of a convert, and a non-convert cannot marry an Edomite or Egyptian convert or the child of an Edomite or Egyptian convert, but can marry their grandhild.
"Here lies America the greatest nation that might have been had it not been for the Edomite bankers who first stole their money, use their stolen money to buy their politicians and press and lastly deprive them of their constitutional freedom by the most evil device ever created ... the Federal Reserve banking system" G.D. McDaniel
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