The Biblical Hittites

Trevor Bryce

in The World of The Neo-Hittite Kingdoms

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199218721
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739101 | DOI:
The Biblical Hittites

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This chapter focuses on references to the Hittites in the Old Testament. One group of references depicts the persons called ‘Hittites’ as members of small tribes living in the hill- country of Palestine. Another group appears to depict the Hittites as a major Iron Age power, whose kings were peers of the rulers of Egypt and Israel. Can we identify this second group with the Neo-Hittite kingdoms? Is there any connection between the two groups? Can either, or both, be linked with the Late Bronze Age Hittites? These questions provide the basis for the discussion of the biblical Hittites in this chapter, and their possible links with the historically attested Bronze Age Hittites.

Keywords: Biblical Hittites; Old Testament; Palestine; Egypt; Israel; Bronze Age–Iron Age links

Chapter.  6032 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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