Book: About Edom and Idumea in the Persian Period
Chapter: 11. Have There Been Prophets in Edom? An Ostracon from Ḥorvat ‘Uza Once More
Bob Becking’s essay “Have There Been Prophets in Edom? An Ostracon from Ḥorvat ‘Uza Once More” re-examines and provides a new reading of an Edomite inscription from Ḥorvat ‘Uza. This inscription has usually been understood as a sapiential text. Becking argues that the inscription is full of prophetic elements. Either case, scribal culture in the Edom attested west of the Arabah was at an advanced level already by the end of the Iron Age. This essay contributes to the research of traces of prophecy that can be found in ancient Edom.