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A member of one of several ancient Semitic peoples primarily inhabiting Canaan, where they preceded the Israelites, and Babylonia.

[From Hebrew 'ĕmōrî, Amorite, from Akkadian amurrû, westerner, Amorite, from amurru, western geographical and tribal designation, perhaps from Sumerian martu, westerner, country to the west of Sumer.]

Am′o·rite′ adj.


(ˈæm əˌraɪt)

1. a member of a culturally diverse population of western Semites prominent in the history of ancient Syria and adjacent areas, c2600–1200 b.c.
2. the language of this population.
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They were too ignorant to realize, when they were called upon, that Rebecca's absence would make everything come wrong, and the blow descended with crushing force when the Jebusites and Amorites, the Girgashites, Hivites, and Perizzites had to be pronounced by the persons of all others least capable of grappling with them.
he hath conquered, and the uncircumcised Philistine hath fallen before his lance, even as Og the King of Bashan, and Sihon, King of the Amorites, fell before the sword of our fathers
As his character was not good, and he had been bred at a charity school in a complete course, according to question and answer, of those ancient people the Amorites and Hittites, he was frequently quoted as an example of the failure of education.
For a general survey with bibliography, see Heimpel, Letters to the King of Mari, 14-19 ("We understand the Amorites as an ethnic entity that was composed of different tribal groups," 18); R.
278-87), Feliu suggests that it belongs to a language spoken in inland Syria before the arrival of the Amorites.
He discusses eleven such groups: Ahlamu, Amorites, Sutians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Elamites, Hittites, Hurrians, (2) Kassites, Lullubians, and Ullipians.
Num did not translate [LANGUAGE NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], probably because this was an overly graphic way of describing Yahweh's direction of Israel's affairs, and substituted [LANGUAGE NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] [he delivered, handed over], probably relying on 21:34, where the Lord [LANGUAGE NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] the Amorites to Israel.
Cohen calls these three calendar groups "Amorite," suggesting that the Amorites were responsible for the introduction of these OB regional calendars, which replaced earlier Semitic calendars known from documents found, e.
In the Old Babylonian period the ruling dynasties of cities in both regions were Amorites (Semites).
Hamoto stresses the huge popularity of the monkey during the Old Babylonian period and is surely right in attributing this to the Amorites.
Frazer goes on to quote from the apocryphal Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs: "It was a law of the Amorites, that she who was about to marry should sit in fornication seven days by the gate.
The Amorites were an ancient Semitic-speaking people from ancient Syria who also occupied large parts of southern Mesopotamia from the 21st century BC to the end of the 17th century BC.