Backgrounders on the Bible through Biblical Archaeology

1519-1520 Clyde Billington – What’s Up With the Hittites?

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Hittite/Egyptian treaty: Hattusili III & Ramses II

The Hittites are mentioned in a number of verses in the Old Testament, from the time of Abraham to the time of David and Solomon. But just who were the Hittites?

In these two programs we fill in some of the blanks, including some information left out of the latest article on the Hittites in Biblical Archaeology Review. There are actually three different groups of Hittites in the biblical period.

The treaty between the Hittite King Hattusili III and the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II is the oldest treaty known. A copy of this treaty is on display at the United Nations Security Council.

 

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