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The Egyptologist Flinders Petrie and Assyriologist Archibald Henry Sayce analyzed ancient Egyptian illustrations of what they identified as Amorites (Amurru) depicted as “white skinned, blue eyed, fair haired”. According to Sayce (1889):
The Amorites… were a tall, handsome people, with white skins, blue eyes and reddish hair, all the characteristics, in fact, of the white race.
Sayce further discovered a painting in a tomb (No. 34) at Thebes, belonging to the Eighteenth Dynasty which illustrates an Amorite chief with “white skin and red-brown hair”. Henry George Tomkins (1897) an Exeter clergyman and member of the Royal Archaeological Institute also wrote the Amorites were blue eyed and fair haired. Easton’s Bible Dictionary also contains an entry stating the Amorites are “represented on the Egyptian monuments with fair skins, light hair, blue eyes, aquiline noses, and pointed beards.” The Encyclopædia Britannica, 13th ed., vol. 1, 1929, also contained a physical description of the Amorites from Egyptian illustrations:
Egyptian illustrations of the New Kingdom show the Palestinian Amorites to have been a race much more like the Northern Europeans than the Semites; long-headed, with blue eyes, straight noses and thin lips.
- ^ Sayce’s The Hittites, quoted in The Bible Dictionary: Your Biblical Reference Book, Matthew George Easton, Forgotten Books, p. 309.
- ^The Races of the Old Testament, A. H. Sayce, Kessinger Publishing, 2004, p. 113.
- ^Patriarchal Palestine, A. H. Sayce, Echo Library, 2006, pp. 15, 48.
- ^Abraham and His Age, Henry George Tomkins, Kessinger Publishing, 2004, p. 105.
- ^ Also cited in James Hasting’s Dictionary Of The Bible: Supplement — Articles, The Minerva Group, Inc., 2004, p. 77.