Teman was the name of a grandson of Esau, as mentioned in Genesis 36:11, and later became the name of a place in the country of Edom, which during Biblical times, was south of Judah.
Teman must have been an important city for Edom, perhaps the most important, as more than one Old Testament prophet spoke out against the city: Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Amos and Obadiah, respectively in Jeremiah 49:7-22, Ezekiel 25:12-14, Amos 1:11-12 and Obadiah 1:9. Another Bible prophet, Habakkuk, mentions Teman in a prayer in Habakkuk 3:3.
Edom is also known as Idumea. Parts of Edom today are in modern-day Israel and Jordan.
Although the Edomites and Israelites were brothers, the Edomites refused to allow the Israelites to pass through Edom to regain entry into the land of Israel, in Numbers 20:14-21, after the Exodus from Egypt.
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