The story of Moses and revenge against the Amalekites
is told from a place in which exhaustion, loneliness, and evading action bring the poem's speaker to withdraw from any notion of revenge: "I've gone very far, the war increased, / My thoughts grew weary / And heavy like the arms of Moses.
God is invoked both as a catalyst for kindness ("Love the stranger as yourself," Leviticus 19:34) and as an excuse for evil ("Slaughter every man, woman, child and infant" of the Amalekites
, I Samuel 15:3).
The Ammonites, Moabites, Edomites, and Amalekites
who lived south and east of ancient Palestine -- the Promised Land in the Hebrew Bible -- mistreated, cursed, attacked and refused safe passage to the Israelites who trekked to Palestine.
And you will put to death [all], from man to woman, from child to infant, from ox to lamb, from camel to donkey." Saul, after defeating the Amalekites
, fails to completely carry out the Lord's command.
O'Rourke discovers someone is impersonating him online, who claims he is descended from a Biblical tribe called the Amalekites
There is also another piece calling for genocide at the Times of Israel site: EeEeEe Just as the Amalekites
were the victims of their own king, whom Saul left alive and why today, we fight the modern day Amalekites
in every generation.
Rosen, an authority able to issue religious opinions for Jews, wrote that Palestinians are like the nation of Amalekites
that attacked the Israelite tribes on their way to Jerusalem after they had fled from Egypt under the leadership of Moses.
(25) Curtis Franks reminds me of the relevance of the Biblical case of the Amalekites
in this connection.
God's first choice as king, Saul, performs disastrously, and his disobedience to God's orders by failing to annihilate the Amalekites
(1 Samuel 15) leads God to reject him.
In some cases they are said to be roaming around but their identities are no longer clear to us, which is why we have (until this day) people claiming to be descended from the lost tribes of Israel and Jews branding enemy-nations as Amalekites
. The age-old phenomenon of identifying enemy hordes with Gog and Magog is not quite the same, as these identifications are often apocalyptic in nature.
The articles by Gass deal with critical and historical questions concerning peoples who appear in Judges: Amalekites
, Kenites, the locale Maon and the Meuintes, Midianites, and the standard Deuteronomistic catalog of seven peoples, with special attention given to Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites.
(63) Rabbi Zadok Ha-Kohen of Lublin (1823-1900), in interpreting the biblical commandment to wipe out the memory of the wicked Amalekites
, commented that "in every evil element there is some good.