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(ăm`ərīts), a people of Canaan. There is evidence of them in Babylonia, where in the 19th cent. B.C. they established under their patronage the first dynasty at Babylon. The most powerful king of this dynasty, Hammurabi, put an end (18th cent. B.C.) to Amorite domination and issued a famous code of law, similar to Israelite codes. At the time of Joshua the Amorites were living both E and W of the Dead Sea. They were subdued and gradually absorbed by the Israelites.



also Amorei or Amurru, in antiquity, Semitic tribes, originating in Arabia, who inhabited the vast expanse of the Syrian steppe from Palestine to the Persian Gulf.

At the end of the third millennium B.C., the Amorites together with the Elamites overthrew the sovereignty of the Third Dynasty of Ur and founded the ancient Babylonian kingdom circa 1894 B.C. Settling in Mesopotamia in the 18th and 17th centuries, the Amorites were assimilated by the local population. However, they still existed in the 15th and 14th centuries in Syria, and in Palestine up to the 12th through tenth centuries B.C., when they were assimilated by the Hebrews. Amurru was the name of Syria in the first millennium B.C.


D’iakonov, I. M. “Narody Drevnei Perednei Azii.” In the collection Peredneaziatskii etnograficheskii sbornik, [no.] 1. Moscow, 1958.


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Situated close to AS 21 are Buccellati's dissertation on Ur III Amorites, Huffmon's dissertation on Mari Amorite, Zadok's contribution to the Hallo festschrift, and Streck's Habilitation, along with various other studies of so-called Amorite material.
Computer-Aided Analysis of Amorite (Chicago: Oriental Institute, 1980), 635-37, nos.
Nelli Kozyreva finds that Amorites buying property in the south in the Old Babylonian period did so as a process of socialization and enculturation with their neighbors.
The mural paintings depicted men and women with Amorite features, according to Dr.
At Genesis 15:19, the Bible says Canaan, who was cursed by his grandfather Noah, "was the father of Sidon his firstborn, and the Hittites, Jebusites, Amorites, Girgashites, Hivites, Arkites, Sinites, Arvadites, Zemarites, and Hathites.
In Jacob's final blessings, Genesis 48:22 reads in Hebrew asher lakahti mi-yad ha-Emori beharbi u-ve-kashti--which I took from the Amorites with my sword and my bow.
Barton, "The Place of the Amorites in the Civilization of Western JAOS 45" (1925): 38 n.
8220;The remains in our account are those of the Amorites, enemies of the Jewish people at the time,” stated Yonatan.
Hamath's earliest known inhabitants were Amorites, who colonised the area in the 3rd millennium BC.
141) Biblically, it is a moral duty to fight against that regime (Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, Jebusites, et al.
The land of Canaan was full of Canaanites, bless their souls: Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Jebusites, and all those other folk whose names lectors routinely stumble over.
The tenth chapter talks about the alliance among the five kings of the Amorites to defend their countries.