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chedorlaomer in the Bible

(= Khudur-Lagamar of the inscriptions), king of Elam. Many centuries before the age of Abraham, Canaan and even the Sinaitic peninsula had been conquered by Babylonian kings, and in the time of Abraham himself Babylonia was ruled by a dynasty which claimed sovereignity over Syria and Palestine. The kings of the dynasty bore names which were not Babylonian, but at once South Arabic and Hebrew. The most famous king of the dynasty was Khammu-rabi, who united Babylonia under one rule, and made Babylon its capital. When he ascended the throne, the country was under the suzerainty of the Elamites, and was divided into two kingdoms, that of Babylon (the Biblical Shinar) and that of Larsa (the Biblical Ellasar). The king of Larsa was Eri-Aku ("the servant of the moon-god"), the son of an Elamite prince, Kudur-Mabug, who is entitled "the father of the land of the Amorites." A recently discovered tablet enumerates among the enemies of Khammu-rabi, Kudur-Lagamar ("the servant of the goddess Lagamar") or Chedorlaomer, Eri-Aku or Arioch, and Tudkhula or Tidal. Khammu-rabi, whose name is also read Ammi-rapaltu or Amraphel by some scholars, succeeded in overcoming Eri-Aku and driving the Elamites out of Babylonia. Assur-bani-pal, the last of the Assyrian conquerors, mentions in two inscriptions that he took Susa 1635 years after Kedor-nakhunta, king of Elam, had conquered Babylonia. It was in the year B.C. 660 that Assur-bani-pal took Susa.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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  • chedorlaomer, the head of the united peoples, led his armies against the aboriginal races east of the Jordan.

    The Rand-McNally Bible Atlas Jesse L. Hurlbut
  • In reality there is no reason to suppose that Kudur-Mabug and chedorlaomer are the same.

    Archology and the Bible George A. Barton
  • We would see then whether these scoundrels did not share, within a week, the fate of chedorlaomer's.'

    Hypatia Charles Kingsley
  • There is no reason for so reading it, except the desire to discover chedorlaomer.

    Archology and the Bible George A. Barton
  • It is quite clear that chedorlaomer was a very powerful monarch, having other monarchs for his vassals.

    The Bible: what it is Charles Bradlaugh
  • They were beaten by chedorlaomer, and subsequently dispossessed by the descendants of Esau, the Edomites.

    The Rand-McNally Bible Atlas Jesse L. Hurlbut
  • chedorlaomer was king of the Elamites, and contemporary with Abraham.

  • And the king of Sodom went out to meet him, after his return from the slaughter of chedorlaomer and the kings that were with him.

    The Bible Story Rev. Newton Marshall Hall

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