The High Place and the Edomites

It is mentioned in the Book of Genesis, that the Israelites descended from Abraham's grandson Jacob, who was also called Israel, and that the Edomites descended from Abraham's other grandson Esau, who was given the name of Edom. 

According to Genesis 36:1-8, these two brothers were separated because Jacob tricked Esau out of his inheritance; Esau remained in Edom where his descendants became the Edomites, while Jacob moved to the Samarian mountains and his descendants became the Israelites.

At the age of forty Esau was married to Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite and Bashemath, the daughter of the Hittite Elon.  Esau had another wife, who was the daughter of Ishmael. Through these relations and connections with the other tribes, the kingdom of Edom became a big Bedouin kingdom with many alliances.

Archaeology has shown that the ancient people of Edom were virtually indistinguishable from the Israelites. Samples of human remains found in the Samarian mountains and the Sharah mountain of Edom, both dating to  around 1700 BC, when the story of Jacob and Esau appears to be set, were sent for DNA tests to Waseda University in the Samarian mountains and the Sharah mountain of  Edom, both dating to around 1700 BC, when the story of Jacob and Esau appears to be set, were sent for DNA tests to Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan in the year 2000. The results showed that both the Samarian and the Edomite remains were closely related, certainly from the same ethnic group.

The Edomites seem to have risen to prominence during the Late Bronze Age in around 1200 BCE, at the same time of the collapse of many of the Near Eastern and Mediterranean kingdoms such as the main cities of Mycenaean Greece and Cyprus, of the Hittites in Anatolia and of the Late Bronze Age Syrian and Canaanite towns including Jericho.

The valley of Edom, protected by the Wadi desert wilderness, the difficult mountains and the vast hostile taurine,  allowed the esoteric tribes wisdom to reside. This, it seems, is the same tradition that influenced Moses.
(Up) On the same mountain and cut into the rock, to a depth of about forty centimeters, there is a large rectangular depression, known as the courtyard, measuring approximately fourteen meters by six.  Near the center of the courtyard there is a small raised platform of stone, fifteen centimeters high, two meters long and one meter wide, which was probably used as the platform of their Ark. The use of the Ark to mimicking the Holy Spirit’s Presence has been an ancient concept. And it seems that the same space was also used for the place of Judgment and sacrifice by the ancients.

The notion of a sacred place or neutral zone representing the Holy Spirit has been an ancient concept. To the ancients such places of holiness and neutrality were used as places for sacred rites and ceremonies. In the past  people were more attuned to their Alpha brain waves and were much more sensitive to Earth energies and vibrations due to more active Pineal gland and therefore they use to feel such neutral places.

(Right) On the same mountain and cut into the rock two columns with a crescent moon with the sun between its horns on top. This appears to be an important surviving representation of the old religion, which may not only reveal something of Edomite mysticism but also the very nature of the early Noble Shepherds esoteric wisdom.

The Edomites Lost Book of  Jasher

An ancient Hebrew text, recently rediscovered by an American historian, gives a completely new understanding of the history of Edomites. Just like the Books of Numbers, Leviticus and Deuteronomy, it describes the period of time the Israelites spent  wandering in the wilderness, and contains  additional commentaries on these events.   Jasher, after whom the book is named, was a priest and a warrior, who appointed Joshua as the field commander of Israelite armies. According to the Book of Jasher, Jasher and his tribe, the Edomites, were the Chief tribe and highest Judge of the area.

When Canaan was finally conquered, Jasher summoned all of the the conquered kings to Beth-El, in order to make peace. In the passage below, Jasher is portrayed as the chief Judge of all of the tribes:
"And in those days, the kings and princes of the sea coasts, the kings of the mountains, and the kings of the valleys, assembled themselves together, nigh unto Bath-El... And Jasher, the priests of Edom, and all the elders of the tribes of Israel, came there also... Then answered all the kings of the sea coasts, the kings of the mountains, and the kings of the valleys, and they said:  “What thou, O Jasher, Judge of all Israel”…"

So, according to the Book of Jasher, the Edomites were considered to be Chief Judges of the tribes in the area.

This book was lost to history until the twentieth century. A number of different copies of the Book of Jasher appeared during the nineteenth century, and were used by various offshoot Christian sects to support their religious convictions. A sixteenth century English copy was rediscovered in the archives of the Rouen Cathedral in 1929, and was obtained by the Bibliothèque Nationale of Paris. It remained tucked away and forgotten in the vaults of the library until it was examined by the American historian Michael Martin of Philadelphia University in 1993.

Martin's research traced the Book of Jasher back to ancient Judah. The Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar obtained an original scroll of the book when he captured Jerusalem in 597 BC and took it back to Babylon along with other booty. The book remained there until the city itself was looted by the Persian King Cyrus II in 539 BC. It was then housed in the great library of Gazna in Persia, until it was bought by Alucin, the Archbishop of Canterbury, during a pilgrimage to the Middle East around 800 AC. The scroll was taken to Canterbury, where it was copied into Latin in the 1140s and then into English during the 16th century. Along with the medieval manuscript, the original scroll perished before the dissolution of monasteries, however the manuscript, containing the English version, was taken along with other documents to Rouen Cathedral in France, where it remained until it was acquired by the Bibliothèque Nationale.

In the Bible there are two references to what was once a fortieth book of the Old Testament, called the Book of Jasher. Joshua refers to it:  "it is not written in the Book of Jasher" (Joshua 10:13).  As does King David:  "Behold it is written in the Book of Jasher" (II Samuel 1:18).
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*Written by Rami Sajdi, Copyright © Rami Sajdi All Rights Reserved