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amalekite


amalekite


  1  definition  found 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Amalekite 
  a  tribe  that  dwelt  in  Arabia  Petraea  between  the  Dead  Sea  and 
  the  Red  Sea.  They  were  not  the  descendants  of  Amalek,  the  son  of 
  Eliphaz,  for  they  existed  in  the  days  of  Abraham  (Gen.  14:7). 
  They  were  probably  a  tribe  that  migrated  from  the  shores  of  the 
  Persian  Gulf  and  settled  in  Arabia.  "They  dwelt  in  the  land  of 
  the  south...from  Havilah  until  thou  comest  to  Shur"  (Num.  13:29; 
  1  Sam.  15:7).  They  were  a  pastoral,  and  hence  a  nomadic  race. 
  Their  kings  bore  the  hereditary  name  of  Agag  (Num.  24:7;  1  Sam. 
  15:8).  They  attempted  to  stop  the  Israelites  when  they  marched 
  through  their  territory  (Deut.  25:18),  attacking  them  at 
  Rephidim  (Ex.  17:8-13;  comp.  Deut.  25:17;  1  Sam.  15:2).  They 
  afterwards  attacked  the  Israelites  at  Hormah  (Num.  14:45).  We 
  read  of  them  subsequently  as  in  league  with  the  Moabites  (Judg. 
  3:13)  and  the  Midianites  (Judg.  6:3).  Saul  finally  desolated 
  their  territory  and  destroyed  their  power  (1  Sam.  14:48;  15:3), 
  and  David  recovered  booty  from  them  (1  Sam.  30:18-20).  In  the 
  Babylonian  inscriptions  they  are  called  Sute,  in  those  of  Egypt 
  Sittiu  and  the  Amarna  tablets  include  them  under  the  general 
  name  of  Khabbati  or  "plunderers."