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Is Hammedatha really a descendant of the Amalakites, or is it just assumed?

Haman the Son Hammedatha the Agagite. Was this just a derogatory remark because he hated Jews or was he actually a descendant of the Amalakites?

Esther 1:1 - 22

ESV - 1 Now in the days of Ahasuerus, the Ahasuerus who reigned from India to Ethiopia over 127 provinces. 2 In those days when King Ahasuerus sat on his royal throne in Susa, the capital.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
To my knowledge, the only individuals associated with the name Agag in the Bible were actually descended from the Amalekites, with "Agag" apparently being a title bestowed upon the ruler of those people -- similar to the title "Pharaoh" in Egypt, or "Abimelech" (meaning "father of the king") among the Philistines. 

In the case of Hammedatha, his ancestors would have been among those Amalekites apparently left alive much earlier by Saul, in disobedience to God's command given through Samuel to completely destroy them (1 Samuel 15). (1 Samuel 30:17 makes a later reference to at least 400 young Amalekites who escaped from David by riding on camels.)

February 08 2024 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Zachary Campbell
Whether Hammedatha, the father of Haman, was truly a descendant of the Amalekites is a complex question with no definitive answer. The Bible provides limited information, leading to different interpretations and scholarly debates. Here are the key points to consider:

**Information from the Book of Esther:**

* The Book of Esther identifies Haman as "the son of Hammedatha the Agagite" (Esther 3:1). "Agagite" was a patronymic title, signifying descent from Agag, a king of the Amalekites.
* This connection suggests a possible lineage linking Hammedatha to the Amalekites.

**Challenges to the direct lineage:**

* The Book of Samuel (1 Samuel 15) narrates King Saul's incomplete destruction of the Amalekites, including their king Agag. This raises questions about how Haman, centuries later, could be a descendant.
* Some interpretations argue that "Agagite" might have become a broader term for anyone associated with the Amalekites, not necessarily indicating direct lineage.
* Other interpretations suggest Haman's ancestry was symbolic, reflecting his shared Amalekite characteristics of enmity towards the Israelites.

**Alternative interpretations:**

* Some scholars believe Hammedatha's Agagite designation was meant to highlight Haman's inherent hostility towards the Jews, drawing a parallel to historical Amalekite animosity.
* Others propose that "Agagite" simply referred to a specific region or tribe associated with the Amalekites, not necessarily implying direct royal lineage.


* While the text paints Haman as an enemy of the Jews, suggesting a possible Amalekite connection, the exact nature of Hammedatha's lineage remains unclear.
* It could be a literal descent, a symbolic label highlighting shared traits, or a reference to regional/tribal association.

It's important to acknowledge the ongoing scholarly debate and avoid definitive pronouncements without considering the limitations of the available information.

February 10 2024 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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