Sunday, August 31, 2008

Archaeology: Boghazkoy, the Hittite captial

The ancient, large capital city of the Hittites has been recovered about 90 miles east of Ankara, Turkey. The rule of the Hittites extended to Syria and Lebanon.

Although the Hittites are mentioned 48 times in the Old Testament, almost nothing was known about them until modern times. One hundred years ago, critics thought the Hittites were an imaginary people made up by the biblical authors.

Finding the Hittite Empire forced that claim to be withdrawn and supported the biblical record. The find also helps explain the language, history, and literature of people who appear in the Old Testament and rule in the 2nd millennium B.C.

Kyle Campbell


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