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Hittite Diplomatic Texts, 2nd ed.

ISBN: 9780788505515


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Dr. Beckman presents full translations of more than 50 documents from the files of the "foreign office" of the Hittite Empire: 21 treaties, 18 diplomatic letters, and 18 royal edicts and miscellaneous records concerning the relations of the Hittites with their Anatolian and Syrian vassals, as well as with other great powers such as Egypt, Assyria, and Babylonia. Originally composed in Hittite or in Akkadian, many of these texts have never before appeared in English. A short introduction places each document in its historical and cultural context, and a general essay acquaints the reader with the diplomatic practice of the Late Bronze Age. This collection of documents is a major source book for historians of the Ancient Near East and for students of cuneiform and Biblical law. It will also prove useful for those investigating the relationship between Biblical covenant theology and its possible antecedents in older Near Eastern treaty patterns. The index categorizes its subject matter into persons, deities, cities, countries, districts, people, mountains, rivers and topics for easy access.

We are privileged to have these translations made by one of the leading Hittitologists on the North American continent.…invaluable to scholars of the ancient Near East and of the Bible.

—Biblical Archaeology Review

This is truly an outstanding work. It serves biblical scholarship in general and ancient Near Eastern studies in particular with its superb translations from a civilization which was an important part of the literary and cultural milieu of the Bible. It is a work of reference that deserves to be read widely.

—Catholic Biblical Quarterly

  • Title: Hittite Diplomatic Texts
  • Author: Gary Beckman
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: Scholars
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Pages: 224

Gary Beckman is Professor of Hittite and Mesopotamian Studies at the University of Michigan. He is the author of numerous books, including Hittite Diplomatic Texts (Society of Biblical Literature), the co-author of The Epic of Gilgamesh (Norton), and the co-editor of Text, Artifact, and Image: Revealing Ancient Israelite Religion (Brown Judaic Studies).


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    Digital list price: $16.99
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