Bible Articles on the Topic of Amalekites

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Amalek, Enemy of Israel: A Fact Sheet

1. Amalek was a grandson of Esau; thus his descendants would be related to the Edomites:

Beshalach II

“G–d will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.” —Beshalach 17:16

Israel and Amalek: The Cosmic Struggle

This week’s Torah portion, Tetzave (Exodus 27:20 to 30:10), primarily focuses on the make-up of the Priestly Garments worn by the Kohanim, and some of the sacrificial services in the Tabernacle. In addition to this parasha, we read an additional portion called Parashat Zachor. This extra section recounts how the nation of Amalek attempted to destroy the Jewish people after their Exodus from Egypt:

The Silent Killer

“God shall be at war with Amalek for all generations” (Exodus 17:16)

To Fight a War or Not

“Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek...” (Exodus 17:9)

Wipe Out the Amalekites

“The Lord anointed you king over Israel. And he sent you on a mission, saying, Go and completely destroy those wicked people, the Amalekites; make war on them until you have wiped them out.” (1 Samuel 15:17-18)

Embracing Converts, and the Seeds of Amalek

This week’s parasha [Torah reading] is Vayishlach [Genesis 32:4 to 36:43], which recounts Jacob’s return and settlement in the Holy Land after twenty years of living in Charan. At the end of the parasha is a long list of the genealogies of Jacob’s brother, Esau. The list seems unnecessary, and many Sages have wondered why the Torah bothers to spend so much time recounting Esau’s descendants. There have even been debates on whether the entire text of the Torah is equally holy, or if passages like the Ten Commandments are holier than passages such as this list of Esau’s genealogies. Meanwhile, the Arizal [Rabbi Isaac (ben Solomon) Luria Ashkenazi] states that many of the deepest secrets of Creation are embedded particularly in this seemingly boring and superfluous passage.

Solomon’s Peaceful Reign and the Removal of the Amalekites

In my two-part article about the Amalekites I put the case for the Amalekites being the Hyksos who ruled Egypt for a time.¹ As such they would have been dominant in the Middle East for three to four centuries. During this time of Amalekite supremacy the Israelites seem to have been the only people in the region who incessantly struggled for their independence. By their resistance they frustrated Amaleks’ ambitions to dominate the Levant, which may have facilitated the eventual downfall of their régime in Egypt.

Amalek

The Amalekites were descended from Amalek, a grandson of Esau (Genesis 36:12). They fought against Israel in the wilderness (Exodus 17:8), and concerning them God said: “I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven” (v. 14). The Amalekites were eventually destroyed in the days of Hezekiah (1 Chronicles 4:43). A common name, or perhaps title, of Amalekite kings was Agag. Balaam prophesied of Israel: “He shall pour the water out of his buckets, and his seed shall be in many waters, and his king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted” (Numbers 24:7). This will have its ultimate fulfilment when the Kingdom of God is restored by Christ.

Amalek and Rephidim: Wells of Life and Strife

“All the congregation of the children of Israel,” we read (Exodus 17:1), “journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys according to the commandment of the Lord, and pitched in Rephidim, and there was no water for the people to drink.”—“And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this, that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst?” (v. 3.)

Amalek

am ́a-lek (עמלק, ‛ămālēḳ): The son, by his concubine Timna, of Eliphaz, the eldest son of Esau. He was one of the chiefs (the King James Version dukes) of Edom (Genesis 36:12, 16). See AMALEKITE.

Aaron Holding Moses’ Arms

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Aaron Holding Moses’ Arms

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And the Battle Was Won

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Arms of Prayer

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The Battle Between the Israelites and Amalekites

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Battle of Rephidim

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Battle with the Amalekites

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Battle with the Amalekites

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Holding Up Moses’ Arm

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Joshua’s Victory Over the Amalekites

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Menorah (1956 bronze)

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Moses and the Amalekites

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Moses’ Arms

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Moses’ Arms

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Moses’ Hands Held Up

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Moses Is Holding Up His Hands

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Moses on a Rock

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Moses on the Mountain During the Battle

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Moses with His Arms Supported by Aaron and Hur (19th c.)

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Moses with Staff

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Moses, Aaron and Hur (1278 illumination)

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Moses, Aaron and Hur

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Moses, Aaron and Hur

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Moses, Aaron and Hur

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Moses, Aaron and Hur

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Rephidim (2003 oil on canvas)

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Until the Sun Set

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Victory O Lord!

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Amalek

Amalek (Hebrew: עֲמָלֵק, Modern Amalek, Tiberian ʻĂmālēq) occurs in the Old Testament of the Bible and refers to the grandson of Esau, the descendant nation of Amalekites, and the territories of Amalek which they inhabited.