It should be remembered that, having been spared by King Saul, the Amalekite
king Agag is brought before Samuel, who promptly executes him, but not before uttering this harsh goodbye: "As your sword has bereaved women, so shall your mother be bereaved among women" (I Sam.
He has considerable interest in Saul's and David's encounters with Amalekites
He told me with unblinking seriousness that he did not think there were any Amalekites
these days, adding that of course if there were, the commandment to extirpate them would be valid.
Samuel's messages spoken in the seance explain that the Lord has already torn the kingdom out of Saul's hands and has given it to David, specifically referencing Saul's failure to execute the Lord's wrath against the Amalekites
The Bible presents dealing correctly with the Amalekites
as a proper point of comparison between irresolute and resolute leadership--Saul cannot bring himself to execute the Amalekite
king, whereas Samuel has no such qualms (see 1 Sam.
Haman concocts his own plot to settle the ancient Amalekite
score with the Jews, as well as his personal score with a particular Jew named Mordecai.
Are you so afraid lest peering from this high Pisgah, between Philistine and Amalekite
, we sight the Promised Land?
Because such rivalrous fidelity to a woman threatens his mythos of male identity, the child who at boarding school was persecuted as a despised Amalekite
feels compelled to suppress a vulnerability that he associates with the complexity of adult love.
Baanah, just as he had the young Amalekite
at Ziklag, with death.
According to the First Book of Samuel, God ordered King Saul to strike at the Amalekite
people, killing every man, woman, child, and animal.
The Bible commands the Israelites to murder the entire tribe of Amalek ("both man and woman, infant and suckling") and the Prophet Samuel dethroned King Saul because he spared the lives of Amalekite
prisoners (1 Samuel 15).
On close reading, his sense of unworthiness leads him to be overly subordinate to his perception of public opinion and overly deferential to the Amalekite
king (I Samuel 13, 15).