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'''Ammon''' ([[Hebrew]]: '''עמון''', ''
'''Ammon''' ([[Hebrew]]: '''עמון''', ''''; "[[Name means::people]]") or '''Benammi''' ([[Hebrew]]: '''''', ''Ben-''; "[[Name means::son of my people]]") was the son of [[Abraham]]'s nephew [[Lot]], by his own (younger) daughter.
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Descendants of Ammon
His descendants, the eponymous Ammonites, caused Israel much grief. He founded the Ammonite nation, and his name is still perpetuated in the Modern city of Amman that lies some 25 miles to the north-east of the Dead Sea.
We know from the first Book of the Maccabees that Judas Maccabaeus confronted the Ammonites, and hence that the Ammonites had survived as a distinct nation until at least the second century BC. However, in the first century BC their lands were occupied by the Nabataeans and it is here that the Ammonites, as such, disappear from the historical scene.
The personal name of Benammi is known from certain clan-lists from Ugarit. There also survives from Nimrud an inscription bearing the name of banu Ammanaia. The Assyrians generally knew the Ammonite nation as Bit-Am-ma-na-aia, that is, the House of Ammon.
The Jordanians spring from Ammon and his brother, Moab. They were originally a Europid people, but today have mixed somewhat with the Arabs (today about half of Jordan is Palestinian). Their chief city is Rabath Ammon (modern Amman) named after Ammon, himself. They settled the plateu east of the Dead Sea and many have spread into Syria and Iraq. According to the Biblical Archaeology Review, they remain in the area to this day:
|“||So what did happen to the Ammonites? The Babylonians did not destroy them when they wiped out Judah. Instead, Ammonite culture continued unscathed, and the Ammonites prospered right through the sixth century B.C.E. ... Although the Persians no doubt exercised suzerainty over the area, the basic Ammonite culture, including language and pottery techniques, continued just as it had been when Ammon was independent.||”|
A prophecy in Jeremiah compares them to an old bottle of wine which has aged without being disturbed, its "lees" have been allowed to settle at the bottom (Jeremiah 48:11). Other prophecies in Isaiah show them still living near Palestine in the end-time (Isaiah 11:14) and that they would be a small people.
- ↑ White, C.M. (2003). In Search of ... The Origin of Nations. Bloomington, IN: 1st Books Library.
- ↑ Douglas, J (Ed) (et al) (1972) New Bible Dictionary. Inter-Varsity Press, London, page 30
- ↑ ibid:46-47
- ↑ Herr, I.G. (1983, December). "The Amman Airport Structure And The Geopolitics Of Ancient Transjordan". Biblical Archaeology Review, 35.