), a people and district of that part of Arabia Petraea to which Josephus gives the name of Idumaea. (Antiq.
1.1.) Eusebius and S. Jerome properly regard it as identical with Mount Seir (Onomast.
s. v. Σηειρ
), the habitation of Esau and his descendants. (Genes.
The name describes the mountainous character of the country situated around Petra. (Ononmast. s. v. Ἰδουμαία.