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amorites


  1  definition  found 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Amorites 
  highlanders,  or  hillmen,  the  name  given  to  the  descendants  of 
  one  of  the  sons  of  Canaan  (Gen.  14:7),  called  Amurra  or  Amurri 
  in  the  Assyrian  and  Egyptian  inscriptions.  On  the  early 
  Babylonian  monuments  all  Syria,  including  Palestine,  is  known  as 
  "the  land  of  the  Amorites."  The  southern  slopes  of  the  mountains 
  of  Judea  are  called  the  "mount  of  the  Amorites"  (Deut.  1:7,  19, 
  20).  They  seem  to  have  originally  occupied  the  land  stretching 
  from  the  heights  west  of  the  Dead  Sea  (Gen.  14:7)  to  Hebron  (13. 
  Comp.  13:8;  Deut.  3:8;  4:46-48),  embracing  "all  Gilead  and  all 
  Bashan"  (Deut.  3:10),  with  the  Jordan  valley  on  the  east  of  the 
  river  (4:49),  the  land  of  the  "two  kings  of  the  Amorites,"  Sihon 
  and  Og  (Deut.  31:4;  Josh.  2:10;  9:10).  The  five  kings  of  the 
  Amorites  were  defeated  with  great  slaughter  by  Joshua  (10:10). 
  They  were  again  defeated  at  the  waters  of  Merom  by  Joshua,  who 
  smote  them  till  there  were  none  remaining  (Josh.  11:8).  It  is 
  mentioned  as  a  surprising  circumstance  that  in  the  days  of 
  Samuel  there  was  peace  between  them  and  the  Israelites  (1  Sam. 
  7:14).  The  discrepancy  supposed  to  exist  between  Deut.  1:44  and 
  Num.  14:45  is  explained  by  the  circumstance  that  the  terms 
  Amorites"  and  Amalekites"  are  used  synonymously  for  the 
  "Canaanites."  In  the  same  way  we  explain  the  fact  that  the 
  Hivites"  of  Gen.  34:2  are  the  Amorites"  of  48:22.  Comp.  Josh. 
  10:6;  11:19  with  2  Sam.  21:2;  also  Num.  14:45  with  Deut.  1:44. 
  The  Amorites  were  warlike  mountaineers.  They  are  represented  on 
  the  Egyptian  monuments  with  fair  skins,  light  hair,  blue  eyes, 
  aquiline  noses,  and  pointed  beards.  They  are  supposed  to  have 
  been  men  of  great  stature;  their  king,  Og  is  described  by  Moses 
  as  the  last  "of  the  remnant  of  the  giants"  (Deut.  3:11).  Both 
  Sihon  and  Og  were  independent  kings.  Only  one  word  of  the 
  Amorite  language  survives,  "Shenir,"  the  name  they  gave  to  Mount 
  Hermon  (Deut.  3:9).