Chapter 4: Amalek, The First Terrorist “Because the Lord has sworn: the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation” Exodus 17:16. Amalek was the illegitimate son of Eliphaz and a concubine named Timna who came from the surrounding Horite tribe. After the Red Sea crossing and the drowning of the Egyptian army, the next attack on the Israelites came from a tribe called the Amalekites. Their leader was an illegitimate grandson of Esau named Amalek, who inherited his grandfather’s intense hatred for his brother Jacob. While the Egyptians failed to harm the Israelites, the Amalekites succeeded in drawing blood. From Rabbi Louis Ginzberg’s Legend of the Jews “No sooner had he heard of Israel’s departure from Egypt, than he set out against them and met them by the Red Sea. Amalek now marched from his settlement in Seir [Jordan] which was no less than four hundred parasangs [approximately 900 miles] away
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