Sacred banquet in the presence of a royal couple, relief on a ritual basin unearthed in Temple B in
Sacred banquet in the presence of a royal couple, relief on a ritual basin unearthed in Temple B in Ebla, Syria, an Amorite-ruled city wiped out by the Hittites. DeAgostini, Getty Images

Peoples of the Bible: The legend of the Amorites

And why were the biblical peoples so terrified of migrant shepherds that they described them as raw-meat eating, ancestor-abusing giants? ■ Part 1

Amorites: A people descended from Emer, the fourth son of Canaan, according to the book of Genesis 10:16.

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