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Amalekites

(ăm`ələkīts), in the Bible, aboriginal people of Canaan and the Sinai peninsula. They waged constant warfare against the Hebrews until dispersed by Saul. Their ancestor, Amalek, for whom they were named, was a duke of Edom and Esau's descendant.

Amalekites

Israel’s hereditary foe and symbol of perpetual hatred. [Jew. Hist.: Wigoder, 24]
See: Enemy
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He wrote that the Lord set down in the Torah a ruling that allowed the Jews to kill the Amalekites, and that this ruling is known in Jewish jurisprudence.
What neither man nor mouse had witnessed in life, death was swift in bringing: Akulin's books were issued, then reissued; commemorative plaques appeared like coats of paint on outer walls and inner chambers--"Akulin lived here"; "In this spot Akulin feasted on the birthday of his fifty-sixth and final year"--the widow of the writer grew fat from the lard of new editions, or at least her bank account did; his children learned laziness from sucking the marrow of his famous bones; his friends, of whom there were few in life, but who in death seemed to breed like Amalekites, were bold and corrupt in their recollections of him.
Further abstract presentations plague Stump's chapter, in which she concocts a thought experiment to evaluate the story of Saul, Samuel and the Amalekites in the context of a 'putatively possible world' (182).
Saul follows a similar course of action in his battle with the Amalekites, killing the people, but sparing the king, Agag, and capturing livestock in defiance of Samuel's command.
The prophet Samuel denounces him for sparing some of the Amalekites, takes up a sword, and personally hacks the captive King Agag to pieces.
remiss by not killing all the Amalekites, demonstrates how Browning
It happily used biblical support to assert the right of modern Jews to the Land of Israel, but it did not invoke the Amalekites, whose existence and memory God commanded the Israelites to destroy from the face of the earth.
53) Republicans commonly critiqued Adams's neutrality to the French Revolution (before it deteriorated into a bloodbath) in biblical-style writings, typically depicting Republicans as "Israel" while Federalists were represented as a spectrum of biblical evildoers, from Pharisees to Amalekites.
Throughout their history--from the rear-guard assaults by the Amalekites during the exodus from Egypt to suicide-bombing attacks by Palestinian militants in more recent times--Jews have been victimized by varied and numerous acts of terror.
For instance, the Talmud says that three commands were given to the Israelites when they entered Eretz Israel--to appoint a king, to destroy the Amalekites, and to build the temple.
Israel was being attacked by the Amalekites, and whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed; and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed.
The Children of Israel who emerge from this experience are commanded to obliterate the Seven Canaanite tribes and never lower their guard against the Amalekites who attacked them from behind.