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Is the Biblical Hammurabi and Amraphel of Genesis 14 one and the same?

In Genesis 14, it talks of King Amraphel, well from my bible and other studies scholars say that this Amraphel is King Hammurabi, the one whom wrote the codes of law, but my question is did Abraham kill Amraphel, why I ask is because according to Amraphel a.k.a Hammurabi, that the king didnt die by the sword, but that he was sick and died of sickness, and that his son reign in his stead, but what is the real truth, I mean Im not doubting GOD, but why is GOD being doubted here, unless Abraham didn’t kill Amraphel, that would be the only explanation, but what are your thoughts?

On the Companion Bible: I’m aware of that margin note made by Bullinger on Gen.14, where he says Amraphel was Hammurabi. Bullinger put the Companion Bible together back in the late 1800’s, so it must be remembered that he was going on the Assyriologist’s knowledge of his day. Bulllinger was not an Assyriologist.
On page 15 of the Companion Bible, in Gen.10:2, Bullinger has another error with the descendents of ‘Gomer’. He says those of Gomer were the Cimmerians; the group which the Greek historian Herodotus wrote of. That was another link which Bullinger evidently got from the Assyriologists of his day. The Cimmerians are linked to part of a name he gave in the margin, i.e. ‘Gimirra’, but linking ‘Gimirra’ with Gomer is supposition.
A later translation of the Assyrian tablets by Leroy Waterman in 1930 establishes the link that the ‘Gimirra’ were members of the ‘house of Israel'(ten tribes), not Gomer of the time just after Noah’s flood. The ‘Gimirra’ of the Tablets are linked to the Cimmerians which Herodotus wrote of, but not associated with Gomer of Gen.10. Bullinger has very little comment on the lost tribes of Israel within The Companion Bible, which he evidently did not grasp from I Kings 11 forward. Otherwise, he would have seen the error of linking Gomer to the later group of Cimmerians who migrated from Assyria to Asia Minor much later.
Also, Bullinger was partial to the “secret rapture” doctrinal interpretation of I Thess.4:17, as shown in his margin notes. Though he was an excellent scholar, and left us a great work with the Companion Bible, he was not perfect, as no man is. That’s why each one of us are to study God’s Word for ourselves, asking God’s Holy Spirit to help us understand. The Word was written under the guidance of The Holy Spirit. And that’s the only way It can be properly understood, by The Holy Spirit. The deeper understanding of God’s Word by His Spirit of Truth helps reveal man’s inconsistancies.

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