Free lectures featuring some of today's most prominent archaeologists are held throughout the year.
Oct. 16, 2014
Getting to be King and Staying There: The Davidic Royal Ideal Illustrated from Hittite Texts
Harry A. Hoffner, John A. Wilson Professor of Hittitology Emeritus, Oriental Institute, The University of Chicago
Though the Hittites ruled from north-central Anatolia (in modern-day Turkey), they played an important role in the Hebrew Bible. Abraham secured a family burial ground from Ephron the Hittite (Gen 23); Isaac and Ishmael later buried Abraham in that area (Gen 25); and later still, the sons of Jacob carried his body back from Egypt to bury it in the same field (Exod 23). Esau married Judith, Basemath, and Adah, all of whom claimed Hittite lineages (Gen 26, 36); Isaac's wife, Rebecca, feared that their son Jacob would marry a Hittite woman (Gen 27). Prior to the Exodus, God promised to use hornets gradually to drive out the Hittites from before the Israelites (Exod 23). Hittites served among David's men even before David became king (1 Sam 26); once king, he arranged the murder of Uriah the Hittite, a loyal soldier in the Israelite army and husband of Bathsheba (2 Sam 11-12). Some of King Solomon's wives came from the Hittite people (1 Kgs 11). Near the end of the ancient kingdom of Israel, prophets pronounced judgment against Jerusalem while tracing its lineage to an Amorite father and a Hittite mother. Some scholars even say that the structure of the Ten Commandments and the covenantal Book of Deuteronomy follow older Hittite treaty forms.
But who were these Hittites? Where did they originate? What do we know of their capital city, Hattusa, and the royal dynasties that ruled there? How did their powerful empire expand to include most of Asia Minor, portions of the northern Levant, and upper Mesopotamia? Why did their vast kingdom collapse? Do the thousands of tablets written in their Indo-European Luwian language and recovered from Hattusa’s palace and temple secure the Hittites’ place as the world’s first historians, as some have suggested? Come hear internationally acclaimed Hittitologist, Professor Harry A. Hoffner, discuss the Hittite royal ideology of kingship as it played into the rise of David and helped to shape the early court history of Israel’s monarchy.
This lecture launches a miniseries on peoples of the biblical world. Watch for additional events to be added to this miniseries.
The Kelso Museum of Near Eastern Archaeology will be open from 6:30-7:15 p.m. and after the lecture. The lecture and reception to follow are free and open to the public.
Nov. 6, 2014 / "The Aramaeans" / K. Lawson Younger, Professor of Old Testament, Semitic Languages, and Ancient Near Eastern History, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Trinity International University
Dec. 18, 2014 / "The Israelites: Emergence of a People" / Avraham Faust, Professor of Archaeology, Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, Bar-Ilan University
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