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Amarna Letters
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A collection of 350 cuneiform tablets from the 14th century bc containing correspondence between various rulers of the ancient Near East and the New Kingdom Egyptian pharaohs Amenhotep III, Amenhotep IV (Akhenaten), Smenkhkara, and Tutankhamun. Contain references to numerous Canaanite cities that are featured prominently in the Bible. Provide a glimpse into the cultural and political landscape of the world of the Bible prior to the emergence of ancient Israel.
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Amarna Letters
Amarna Letters A collection of 350 cuneiform tablets from the 14th century bc containing correspondence between various rulers of the ancient Near East and the New Kingdom Egyptian pharaohs Amenhotep III, Amenhotep IV (Akhenaten), Smenkhkara, and Tutankhamun. Contain references to numerous Canaanite
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Amarna Tablets
Amarna Tablets. Clay tablets, mostly letters from royal archives, the only cuneiform records ever found in Egypt. The 379 Amarna tablets were recovered from ruins located on a plain on the east bank of the Nile about 190 miles south of Cairo. The region is named after a tribe that settled there in modern
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Amarna Tablets
Amarna Tablets An important cache of cuneiform documents discovered at Tell el-Amarna in Middle Egypt. The name derives from that of a local bedouin tribe, the Beni ‘Amrân. I. Discovery II. Contents III. Linguistic Value IV. Historical Value V. OT Relationships: The ‘Apiru
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Amarna Tablets
AMARNA TABLETS* Clay tablets, mostly letters from royal archives, the only cuneiform records ever found in Egypt. The 379 Amarna tablets were recovered from ruins located on a plain on the east bank of the Nile about 190 miles (305.7 kilometers) south of Cairo. The region is named after a tribe that
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Amarna Letters
AMARNA LETTERS. The group of official letters found in 1887, with subsequent discoveries, at Tell el-Amarna in Egypt (see Amarna, Tell el-) now comprises about 375 clay tablets. They were written mostly in Babylonian cuneiform to the pharaohs Amenhotep III and Akhenaton (q.v.). This correspondence, covering
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Amarna Letters
Amarna LettersA collection of international correspondence dating from the middle of the 14th century b.c.e. and discovered at the ancient capital of Amarna in Egypt. These texts form the bulk of the 380 separate cuneiform documents that first came to the attention of the scholarly world at the end
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Tell el-Amarna Tablets
Tell el-Amarna Tablets. A collection of ancient inscribed clay tablets, discovered in 1887 at Tell el-Amarna, the site of the former royal city of Akhenaton, Egyptian ruler of the 14th cent. bc. They are written in *cuneiform script, mostly in Akkadian, and consist chiefly of letters, many of them
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
TELL EL-AMARNA; TABLETS
TELL EL-AMARNA; TABLETS<tel-el-a-mar’-na>,A collection of about 350 inscribed clay tablets from Egypt, but written in the cuneiform writing, being part of the royal archives of Amenophis III and Amenophis IV; kings of the XVIIIth Egyptian Dynasty about 1480 to 1460 BC. Some of the tablets are broken
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
AMARNA LETTERS
AMARNA LETTERS. The Amarna letters comprise the body of diplomatic correspondence from the reigns of the Egyptian pharaohs Amenophis III, AKHENATEN (Amenophis IV) and Tutankhamen. The letters are an important resource for the political history of the late 14th cent. bce and for the development of the
The Dictionary of the Bible and Ancient Media
Amarna Letters
Amarna Letters Since 1887, approximately 400 cuneiform tablets from an ancient archive have been found in the city of Amarna. Tell el-Amarna was the newly founded capital of Egypt during the reign of Amenhotep IV/Akhenaten (fourteenth century CE) and his successors. The tablets are copies of official