Europe – Edom

Edom is the name of the nation that sprang from Esau, the son of Isaac and Rebekah, and the brother of Jacob (Genesis 25:30).
Edom bordered Israel on the south and was a kingdom long before Israel (Genesis 36:31). Edom and Israel skirmished throughout their existence. King Saul battled them (1 Samuel 14:47) but David conquered them (2 Samuel 8:14) and Edom remained under Israel’s control until the reign of Jehoram (2 Kings 8:20). In Greek times Edom became Idumea (Mark 3:8) and the roles ironically reversed, since the Herod family – which ruled Judea for two centuries – was Idumean.
In the famous soup-scene where Esau receives his nickname Edom, the author seems to engage in word play. The word for soup (nazid, nazid) comes from the verb zid (zid/ zud), meaning to ‘boil’ in the literal sense, but figuratively to act proudly or presumptuously. This verb is used in the sense of boiling only once, in our soup-scene.
All other occurrences of this verb have to do with arrogance or otherwise aggressive attitudes. It stands to reason that a Hebrew audience understood the aggression to be the literal meaning of this verb, and the meaning of to boil the figurative charge.
When Esau walks in, tired from the field, he demands that Jacob gives him of ‘that red stuff, that red stuff.’ The word for ‘red stuff’ is Adam (adom a & b); a word highly similar to the name Edom.
The identical root Adam (‘dm) is the source for the name Adam. Another derivation is adama (adama), meaning field. Esau is a ‘man of the field’ and even though the word adama is not used but rather sadeh (sadeh), also meaning field, the association is clear.
Jacob gives Esau of the red stuff and wings him out of his birth-right. At least, that what he hopes. But just to be sure, he tries to deceive his blind father by dressing up as Esau. Not very clever, especially since the bigger blessing was his already, and Isaac bestowed it on Jacob out of faith, and not because he was tricked (Hebr 11:20).
The name Edom means Red or Ruddy.

Europe – Edom in Bible Codes by Rabbi Glazerson

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