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Members of the ancient Ammonite culture. Opposed the Israelites at various times throughout Scripture. The Bible ascribes their origins to the incestuous relationship between Lot and his younger daughter that resulted in the birth of Ben-Ammi.
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
BEN-AMMI (PERSON) [Heb ben-ʿammı̂ (בֶּן־עַמִּי)]. The son of Lot’s younger daughter and ancestor of the Ammonites (Gen 19:38). According to Hebrew tradition, the Genesis narrative (19:30–38) explains the origin of Ammon and Moab, but more accurately it underscores the intense contempt and disdain that
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Ammon, Ammonites. A Semitic people who occupied a fertile area northeast of Moab in Transjordan between the Arnon and Jabbok rivers and extending eastward to the Syrian desert. The chief city was Rabbah (Rabbathammon), modern Amman, capital of Jordan.
Ben-ammi. Son born to Lot and his younger daughter. A similar incestuous liaison between Lot and his older daughter produced a son named Moab. The two sons are identified as the ancestral heads of the Ammonite and Moabite peoples (Gn 19:38).Although the promise made to Abraham could have been enjoyed
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Ammon amʹən; AMMONITES amʹən-īts [Heb. ‘ammôn, ‘ammônîm]. According to Hebrew tradition, the descendants of Ben-ammi, the son of Lot by his daughter (Gen. 19:30–38). As such they were regarded as related to Israel, a relationship reflected in the names ben ‘Ammi (“son of my people”) and benê
Ben-Ammi ben-amʹī [Heb. ben ‘ammî—‘son of my kinsman’ (Gen. 19:38)]. The progenitor of the Ammonites, a son of Lot’s younger daughter, born after the destruction of Sodom. It was thought originally that the name Ben-ammi was derived from the deity Emu, an alternative name for Nergal. However, excavations
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
AMMON, AMMONITES A Semitic people who occupied a fertile area northeast of Moab in Transjordan between the Arnon and Jabbok Rivers and extending eastward to the Syrian Desert. The chief city was Rabbah (Rabbath-ammon), modern Amman, capital of Jordan.The Ammonites traced their ancestry to the younger
BEN-AMMI Son born to Lot and his younger daughter. A similar incestuous liaison between Lot and his older daughter produced a son named Moab. The two sons are identified as the ancestral heads of the Ammonite and Moabite peoples (Gn 19:38).Although the promise made to Abraham could have been enjoyed
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Ammonites (am´uh-nits), a people who lived east of the Jordan River, in the area of the modern state of Jordan. The capital city was called Rabbah. Its ancient remains are located in the heart of modern Amman. According to Gen. 19:30–38, a son was born to Lot, Abraham’s nephew, named Ben-ammi. This child
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
AMMONITES. A people descended from a son of Lot by his younger daughter, who gave birth to Benammi in a cave near Zoar, now called Zi’ara. They dispossessed the Zamzummims and dwelt in their place (Deut 2:20–21). Their country lay between the Arnon and Jabbok River to the NE of Moab, protected by a strong
BEN-AMMI. Son of Lot’s younger daughter, from whom sprang the Ammonite tribe (Gen 19:38). This son was born soon after the destruction of Sodom. The account of his birth, as well as that of Moab, was commonly regarded as an expression of Israel’s intense hatred and contempt toward these two nations.
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
AMMON, AMMONITES. Ammon (Heb, ’ammon) was the name of the descendants of Benammi, Lot’s younger son by his daughter, born in a cave near Zoar (Gn. 19:38). They were regarded as relatives of the Israelites, who were commanded to treat them kindly (Dt. 2:19).At an early date the Ammonites occupied the
BEN-AMMI (‘son of my kinship’). The name given to the child born of Lot’s incestuous union with his younger daughter (Gn. 19:38), from whom sprang the children of *Ammon. Moses recognized their kinship, through Lot, with the children of Israel; and so directed that they should not be disturbed in the
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
AMMON; AMMONITES The land east of the River Jordan, on the north bank of the River Jabbok, called after the Ammonites. According to archaeological evidence, they settled there at the beginning of the 13th century bc together with the Moabites (Moab) and the Edomites (Edom), who settled more to the south.
Catholic Bible Dictionary
AMMONITES Eastern neighbors of Israel who occupied a part of the Transjordan between the Arnon and Jabbok rivers. Scripture identifies them as descendants of Ammon, the son of Abraham’s nephew Lot through an incestuous union with one of Lot’s own daughters (Gen 19:36–38). In this way the Ammonites were