Bozrah, a place in Edom (Idumea) during Biblical times

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Bozrah was the name of a place in Edom, during Biblical times. Some scholars speculate that the city straddled the countries of Edom and Moab.

Bozrah was a fortified city. Amos, an Old Testament prophet, pronounced judgment on Bozrah in a prophecy found in Amos 1:11-12, stating that fire would consume the fortresses of Bozrah.

Amos' prophecy speaks out against Edom, which had turned its back on the Israelites in Numbers 20:14-21, when the Israelites had returned from captivity in Egypt and were trying to re-enter the land of Israel by walking through the country of Edom. Although the Edomites and Israelites were brothers, the Edomite army confronted the Israelites and the Israelites had to look for a different route to return to Israel.

Edom is also known as Idumea. Parts of Edom today are in modern-day Israel and Jordan.

Bozrah is first mentioned in Genesis 36:33 as being the city of Jobab, one of the early Edomite kings.

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