Calvin tells me that the prophet Obadiah, decided that the entail of Esau who were living quite comfortable lives of plunder and pillage in the land between the Dead Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba, were "hated by God." They were an awful people, Obadiah prophesized, and would soon be visited by the sort of hardships and torments the chosen clans of Jacob's Israel were experiencing. Calvin calls the entail of Esau, The Idumeans. Others have called them The Edomites.
Edom in Assyrian means red, I've been told. And I have to suspect that
Esau, described as a "ruddy and hairy man, who was born red all over,"
might not have suffered from my own red blotchy condition, but he might have
actually had red hair. Which for some reason or other changes my view of
Esau, who for a long time has been in my mind, as a sort of last vestige of
hunter gatherer, well able to look out for himself, unallied to the strictures
of the village, the city, office work and on into the nightmare of traffic jams
and synchronized swimming. An heroic figure, marrying Hittites, giving his dad
venison when things got tight, doing battle with agriculture. And
Esau might also have been a twin, a little snippet of information, that I have
always tried very hard to dismiss. Nor will I be tempted to piss off
whatever the equivalent might be to Robert Allan Zimmerman's French Croatian