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Amorites

The Amorites were an ancient nomadic people who occupied a portion of the Promised Land, west of The Dead Sea, when the Israelites crossed the Jordan at the end of their Wilderness Journey. The name was also sometimes used as a general term for all of the Canaanite inhabitants in that time.

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  • The Amorites were the descendants of Canaan (Genesis 13:12, 14:7), who was born after The Flood to Noah's son Ham (Genesis 10:1,6) (see Sons Of Noah)

  • They are referred to as Amurra or Amurri in ancient Assyrian (see Ancient Empires - Assyria) and Egyptian (see The Ancient Egyptians) inscriptions that have been found. Very early Babylonian (see King Nebuchadnezzar) monuments refer to all of Syria, which then included what became known as "Palestine," as "the land of the Amorites."

  • The Amorites were referred to as tall, warlike mountain people. Moses called Og, an Amorite king, "of the last of the remnant of Rephaites ("giants" in the King James version), whose bed was 13 feet long (Deuteronomy 3:11).

  • The mountains of Judea were cited as the "hill country of the Amorites" (Deuteronomy 1:7,19,20), roughly from west of the Dead Sea (Genesis 14:7) to Hebron (Genesis 13:8, Deuteronomy 3:8, 4:46-48), taking in Gilead and Bashan (Deuteronomy 3:10), with The Jordan Valley on the east of the Jordan River (Deuteronomy 4:49), the land of the "two kings of the Amorites," Sihon and Og (Deuteronomy 31:4; Joshua 2:10, 9:10).

  • After The Fall Of Jericho, five kings of the Amorites, one of which was sitting as king of Jerusalem (Joshua 10:5), were defeated by the advancing Israelites under Joshua (Joshua 10:10) (see Joshua's Long Day), until later when the Amorite forces were wiped out completely (Joshua 11:8).

  • During the time of Samuel there was peace between the Israelites and the remaining Amorites (1 Samuel 7:14).

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