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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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Charpin, that this war saw the rise of a sense of Amorite unity against the Elamites, Miglio rejects the notion of Amorite as a possible way to define oneself in the second millennium b.
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On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, "To your descendants 1 give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates, the land of the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.
Frazer goes on to quote from the apocryphal Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs: "It was a law of the Amorites, that she who was about to marry should sit in fornication seven days by the gate.
The Amorites were an ancient Semitic-speaking people from ancient Syria who also occupied large parts of southern Mesopotamia from the 21st century BC to the end of the 17th century BC.
32 Therefore, also the Jews, as a figurative illustration, fought against the Hittites, Amorites, and other Gentiles, and expelled and eradicated them as their enemies, since they were to have no fellowship with them, to make no covenant with them, or to show them any favor (Deut.
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.
8220;The remains in our account are those of the Amorites, enemies of the Jewish people at the time,” stated Yonatan.
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