Hittites (Hit´tits)

In the Bible, a pervasive tribe among the pre-Israelite inhabitants of Canaan (Gen 10:15; Gen 15:20; Exod 23:28). By contrast, historians identify Hittites primarily with an Indo-European people who established a strong kingdom in east-central Anatolia in the second millennium BCE. There is no evidence, however, that the Hittites associated with this Anatolian empire ever penetrated as far south as Palestine. Biblical references to the land of the Hittites (Judg 1:26) and the kings of the Hittites (1Kgs 10:29; 2Kgs 7:6) probably refer specifically to the Neo-Hittite states of Hamath and northern Syria.

Gen 10:15

15Canaan became the father of Sidon his firstborn, and Heth,

Gen 15:20

20the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim,

Exod 23:28

28And I will send the pestilence in front of you, which shall drive out the Hivites, the Canaanites, and the Hittites from before you.

Judg 1:26

26So the man went to the land of the Hittites and built a city, and named it Luz; that is its name to this day.

1Kgs 10:29

29A chariot could be imported from Egypt for six hundred shekels of silver, and a horse for one hundred fifty; so through the king's traders they were exported ... View more

2Kgs 7:6

6For the Lord had caused the Aramean army to hear the sound of chariots, and of horses, the sound of a great army, so that they said to one another, “The king o ... View more

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