There have been alliances between the Israelites and Edom. I'm quite puzzled as to why the prophets are so critical of the Edomites? Can anyone send me sources of terrible things that The Edomites did to the Jews? Besides of course King Herod..

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    Could you add references to the prophets being critical of Edom, and the alliances with them?
    – mevaqesh
    Mar 21, 2017 at 4:53
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    note that you are asking 2 different questions. One, in your title, of why they were critical, and the second, presupposing the answer to the first, of what terrible things they did.
    – mevaqesh
    Mar 21, 2017 at 4:54
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    Off of the tip of my head: They were unfriendly to the point of aggression in Deuteronomy. Amalek, the tribal arch-nemesis of Israel, is an Edomite tribe. There also seems to have been some sort of atrocity committed by Edom that they are severely criticized for in Obadiah and Jeremiah in a very similar fashion.
    – Baby Seal
    Mar 21, 2017 at 6:12
  • Hating our brothers the Edomites is a biblical prohibition לא תתעב אדומי כי אחיך הוא
    – Double AA
    Mar 21, 2017 at 11:43
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    @DoubleAA you can be critical without hating.
    – Baby Seal
    Mar 21, 2017 at 14:29

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See psalms 137:7 (Al Naharoth Bavel). They destroyed the temple! Rome is often equated with Edom/Esau!

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