Those Hittites!

The Hittites are mentioned in the Bible numerous times. However, only a few of these references could be considered as references to the Indo-European Neo-Hittite states which flourished after the 11th century BC (Gen 10:15??, Judges 1:26?, 1 Kings 11:1?). 1 Kings 10:29 and 2 Kings 7:6 are the only certain reference to these states. The “Sons of Heth”, mentioned along with the Canaanites, Amorites, Perizzites, Jebusites and Girgashites in the Bible, meanwhile, are a mystery. They may be Iron Age reflections of possible Hittite immigrants finding Canaan a land of opportunity in the 10th century and later, which, while not archeologically sustained, may have culturally became the same as the Canaanites and Israelites. There may have been Hittites culturally similar to Canaanites in the Late Bronze Age. The most likely option, however, is that the Sons of Heth were just another tribe of Canaanites having no relation to the Hittites mentioned in Egyptian texts.

Author: pithom

An atheist with an interest in the history of the ancient Near East. Author of the Against Jebel al-Lawz Wordpress blog.

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