“It was a very pretty fight, Betty, that the Israelites had on that day with the Amalekites
, It seams that they fout on a plain, for Moses is mentioned as having gone on the heights to overlook the battle, and wrestle in prayer; and if I should judge, with my little larning, the Israelites depended mainly on their horse, for it was written ‘that Joshua cut up the enemy with the edge of the sword; from which I infer, not only that they were horse, but well diseiplyned troops.
Here Gideon pitched his camp in the old times; behind Shunem lay the "Midianites, the Amalekites
, and the Children of the East," who were "as grasshoppers for multitude; both they and their camels were without number, as the sand by the sea-side for multitude." Which means that there were one hundred and thirty-five thousand men, and that they had transportation service accordingly.
According to scripture, Ziklag was also the scene of a dramatic event, in which the Amalekites
, desert nomads, raided and burned the town taking women and children captive.
Thus, through his wife Ruth, Yoel creates an identity between the 48 war and the biblical revenge against the Amalekites
, when he states that in those days, his wife's eyes were like Moses' hands in the battle against the Amalekites
In the above story, I have tried to deconstruct the story of David and his ragtag army and their experience with the Amalekites
. The original story is found in 1 Samuel 30.
They are culturally assimilated: (Mordecai = Marduk, Esther =Ishtar) and have little connection to Israel except that Haman is an Agagite, a bloodthirsty descendant of evil Amalek, and Mordecai is a Benjaminite, like King Saul, in whose presence Samuel hacked Agag, king of the Amalekites
, to pieces (1 Sam.
But Juda, as the name subtly implies, is Jewish, and so promptly becomes the world's first Jewish vampire, whose destiny, so says a stern old rabbi, is to destroy all of the other vampires like they were so many Amalekites
, paying special attention to the corruptible seed of one Dracula.
Exodus 17:8-13 describes the battle of the Israelites against the Amalekites
, presupposing that the Israelites had weapons.
However, in our day, there are no Amalekites
because the Assyrian King Sennacherib had dispersed all the nations more than 2,500 years earlier.
Moreover, while Saul's military victories compared well with earlier heroes, the text focuses on how his transgressions of Samuel's authority--performing propitiatory sacrifices before going into battle, despoiling the Amalekites
rather than obliterating them--justified his loss of authority.
Viewers can get a glimpse of the merciless slaughter through contemporary elements embedded in illuminations of biblical tales, as in "Slaughter of the Amalekites
and Saul's Last Stand" from a mid-13th century French Bible in the collection of the Morgan Library and Museum.
"But it is the same YAWH who instructed Samuel to ask Saul the first King of Israel, in 1 Samuel 15: 1-9, to go and kill all the Amalekites
including innocent children and animals for an offence which that generation knew nothing about (Judges10:12; 1 Sam.