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The El-Amarna Letters (4.80-86)
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The El Amarna tablets represent the largest collection of letters and other literature emerging from Palestine before the writing of the Hebrew Bible. However, the letters are not limited to the land of Israel or even to the southern Levant. Originating across the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East of the fourteenth century bce, this corpus of about 380 cuneiform texts was rediscovered in 1887. They appeared at the abandoned site that became known as Tell el-Amarna in Egypt. The town was originally built as his capital by pharaoh …

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Hess, Richard S., “The El-Amarna Letters (4.80-86)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 05 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2017

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