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C. Syrian city on the Euphrates, considered an Amorite town. G. Ernest Wright notes that they were considered “giants” in comparison with the smaller Israelites (Wright 1957, 37). Among the discoveries at Mari were more than 20,000 clay tablets. The king’s palace, with its nearly 300 rooms, covered more than 15 acres. The 17 Anathema Amorites had a system of writing and a system of law that drew from the peoples around them. These early developments were probably enhanced by their regular trading with other cultures.
The book of Job has a splendid catalogue of animals God created when “the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted with joy” (Job 38:7–41:34): the lions and mountain goats, the doe and her fawn, the wild donkey and the wild ox, the ostrich, the stork, the horse, the hawk and the eagle, the behemoth, and the leviathan. Isaiah also loved animal imagery—the ox that “knows his master” and the “donkey his owner’s manger” (Isa. 1:2); the fruitless sacriﬁce of rams, the blood of bulls and lambs and goats (1:11); the idols that men will throw away “to the rodents and bats” (2:20).
1:20). Thus, Jesus’s use of “Amen” as the opening of his statements indicates his claim to divine authority. In Revelation 3:4, it is used as a name for Christ. See also Blessing; Curse; Prayer. Further Reading Miller, Madeleine S. and J. Lane Miller. “Amen,” in Harper’s Bible Dictionary. New York: Harper and Row, 1961. Ammon, Ammonites (Gen. 19:38; Deut. 2:19; Ezek. 25:1) The Ammonites were akin to the Moabites, both thought to have descended from illicit relations between Lot and his daughters after the fall of Sodom and Gomorrah.
All Things in the Bible: An Encyclopedia of the Biblical World Volume 1 A-L by Nancy M. Tischler