Map of Palestine and her Neighbors (2000 B.C.)
Map of Israel and her neighbors at the time of the Amorite invasion (2000 B.C.). Right around the turn of the second millennium B.C. the Amorites came and swallowed up every kingdom and city in the Middle East that they attacked. They built new cities on the mounds of the destroyed kingdoms which later became the Canaanite cities of the Bible. They spoke a west-Semitic dialect and were called the Amurru (people of the west) by the Akkadian peoples of Mesopotamia. The story of Sinuhe describes the land of Canaan almost identical to the Promised Land of the Bible.