[b-hebrew] Amalek

Harold R. Holmyard III hholmyard at ont.com
Tue Jul 6 08:52:55 EDT 2004


Dear MIchael and Yigal,

This is somewhat out of my realm, but it seems I 
may have just read Kenneth Kitchen saying that 
Kushu was an Egyptian name for the Edomites, a 
name reflected in the Bible as Kushan:

Hab. 3:7 I saw the tents of Cushan in distress, 
the dwellings of Midian in anguish.

					Yours,
					Harold Holmyard

>I have not published any part of the paper yet. 
>Checking the whole data down to the last point 
>is an immensely painfull work, since this is a 
>panorama of the history over literally the whole 
>ANE.
>
>I give you right concerning the arabic mentions 
>of Amalek, they can be followed down to the 
>Koranic mentions. Mohammed should have had much 
>to deal with the Amalekites turned to 
>Jewishness, which he later expelled out of Mekka 
>and Medinah toward Syria. We of course have no 
>older mention of them in arabic literature, 
>since this is the very oldest existing.
>
>However we can link these mentions with the ones 
>in the roman and greek sources (for example 
>Claudius Ptolemeus) pertaining to the same 
>geographic region and slowly make thus the link 
>to the Assyrian, and Biblical ones. It appears 
>they were known to the Assyrians as the Meluhha, 
>while at the same time known as the Amalek to 
>the biblical writers.
>
>I´ll take your papers under sight. Of course you 
>are right that the biblical Cush here has to be 
>understood as the babylonian Kish. I place here 
>no doubt. I however beleave there could be a 
>link between the babylonian Kish, first seat of 
>an all babylonian kingdom, and these widely 
>dispersed semitic kusithes all around the 
>fringes of this fabulous kingdom. THIS is of 
>course just a supposition, while the Kish=Cush 
>equation is certain.


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