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Amorites
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A Semitic people referred to as the descendants of Canaan.The term “Amorites” in the Old Testament refers either to a specific people group in Palestine or generally to non-Israelite peoples living in the land before the Israelites. The origin of the Amorites goes back to 3000 bc. The biblical writers describe the Amorites as inhabitants of the northern part of Canaan, Syria, and the Transjordan area especially during the conquest and settlement of the Israelites in the land. They appear to have been weakened after the monarchy was established in Israel (2 Sam 21:2; 1 Kgs 9:20). The Amorites ruled most of the Transjordan during the time of the conquest, and were a major obstacle for the Israelites in their endeavor to settle the promised land.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Amorites
Amorites (אֱמֹרִי‎, emoriy; Αμορραίων, Amorraiōn). A Semitic people referred to as the descendants of Canaan.The term “Amorites” in the Old Testament refers either to a specific people group in Palestine or generally to non-Israelite peoples living in the land before the Israelites. The origin of the
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Amorites
AMORITES [Heb ʾemōrı̂ (אֶמֹרִי)]. In biblical tradition, the designation of one of the seven to ten nations (Josh 7:7; Gen 15:19–21) that inhabited Canaan before the formation of the Israelite federation.A. The NameThe term amurru first occurs in Old Akkadian sources as the general designation of
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Amorites
Amorites. Semitic people found throughout the Fertile Crescent of the Near East at the beginning of the second millennium bc. Amorites are first mentioned in the Bible as descendants of Canaan in a list of ancient peoples (Gn 10:16; cf. 1 Chr 1:13–16). Some of these nomadic people seem to have migrated
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Amorites
Amorites amʹə-rīts [Heb. ĕmōrî (always sing); Sum mar-tu; Akk. amurru (m)—‘the West’; Egyp Amuru/Amarra or ˊimr; Ugar. ˊamr; Gk. ˊAmorraíos].
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Amorites
AMORITES Semitic people found throughout the Fertile Crescent of the Near East at the beginning of the second millennium bc. Amorites are first mentioned in the Bible as descendants of Canaan in a list of ancient peoples (Gn 10:16; cf. 1 Chr 1:13–16). Some of these nomadic people seem to have migrated
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Amorites
Amorites (am´uh-rits), according to biblical tradition one of the primary peoples in the land of Canaan before the rise of Israel; the others were the Canaanites and the Hittites (see Ezek. 16:3). The term “Amorite” can refer to the basic population of the whole area (e.g., Gen. 15:16; Deut. 1:7). In
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Amorites
AMORITES The Amorites of the OT derived their name from a Semitic word (Akkad. Amurru) which means “westerner.” The Amorites in Palestine were a part of a movement of western Semitic nomads c. 2100–1900 b.c. who appeared in all parts of the Fertile Crescent. They are included in the Genesis table to
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Amorites
AMORITES. A people of Canaan (Gn. 10:16) often listed with the Hittites, Perizzites, etc., as opponents of Israel (Ex. 33:2). They were scattered throughout the hill country on either side of the Jordan (Nu. 13:29). Abraham had an alliance with the Amorites of Hebron and, with their aid, routed the four
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Amorites
Amorites (Heb. ʾĕmōrɩ̂)An ethno-lingustic term used to render Sum. mar-tu and Akk. amurrû. The designation is imprecise, as the word Amorite was used differently in different times and places. Although attested earlier, the word made its first significant appearance during the time of the Akkad kings
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Amorites
Amorites []ămˊə rīts] (Heb.˓emōrî; from Akk. amurrū “the West, Westerners”).† A West Semitic people, named after their tutelary deity (Sum. martu); in Akkadian literature the term also designates the territory of their supposed origins, the desert to the west of Mesopotamia, and in later
The Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land
Amorites
AMORITES One of the peoples found in northern Syria and Mesopotamia from about 3000 bc, who also inhabited the land of Canaan before the Israelite conquest. The name derives from Martu, meaning ‘west’ in Sumerian, and some believe that the Martu mentioned in Mesopotamian sources is the same as Amu in
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Amorites
AMORITES The name used for one of the nations inhabiting Canaan before the arrival of the Israelites (Gen 15:16, 19–21; Josh 7:10). Occasionally the name seems to designate all the peoples of Palestine in the time before the Israelites (Gen 15:16), but their relationship to the Canaanites is difficult