"Was Haman an Agagite?" (Alleged Contradiction #E3922)
After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes that were with him.
Saul (and Samuel) killed all the Amalekites in I Samuel 15, including Agag the king. How then is Haman a descendant of Agag?
Some of Agag’s descendants escaped. The Bible says Saul killed the Amalekites only “from Havilah until thou comest to Shur”. 1
For instance, note that although Jericho and Israel were “utterly destroyed” (Jeremiah 25:9, Joshua 10:1), a few escaped or remained (Rahab, some Israelites). Thus, although most of the Amalekites were destroyed, some of Agag’s descendants escaped, eventually giving rise to Haman. 2
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