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A people who lived east of the Jordan River, in the area of the modern state of Jordan. According to (Gen 19:30-38), the Ammonites were descended from a son of Lot, Abraham’s nephew, named Ben-ammi. Conflicts between Ammon and Israel include the story of Jephthah’s campaign against a coalition of Ammonites and Philistines (Judg 10:6-11:40). In later battles, the Ammonites were defeated by Saul at Jabesh-gilead (1Sam 11) and then by David at Rabbah (2Sam 11:14-21).

  • Powell, Mark Allan, ed. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary. Abridged Edition. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2009.