BAR 25:02, Mar/Apr 1999
Seal of Baalis Surfaces
Ammonite king plotted murder of Judahite governor
Just as archaeological finds flesh out Israelite history, so they also tell us about Israels neighbors and sometime enemies. Such is the case with the Ammonites, a people who lived east of the Jordan and fought in league with the Philistines against the emerging Israelites (Judges 10:79). Both Saul and David engaged the Ammonites in battle (1 Samuel 11; 2 Samuel 11:1). At one point, Davids forces besieged the Ammonite capital, Rabbah (2 Samuel 11:1). The remains of the Ammonite capital lie beneath the modern capital of Jordan, Amman, whose name preserves the name of the ancient people.