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Excerpt From An Oracle Report (1.78)

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Author(s): Beckman, Gary
Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; Hittite Canonical Compositions; Royal Focus; Oracles Commentary Since the Hittites believed that divine displeasure was the ultimate source of most evils, they developed a science of divination in order to communicate with their gods, ascertain the reasons for their anger, and bargain about required restitution. The Hittite diviners carefully researched the problems referred to them, making sure both to determine the exact aspect of a situation which ha…

Assuring the Safety of the King During the Winter (1.79)

(4,683 words)

Author(s): Beal, Richard H.
Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; Hittite Canonical Compositions; Royal Focus; Oracles Commentary The purpose of the texts comprising this selection is to assure the safety of the king while he is cooped up through the cold central Anatolian winter, by discovering ahead of time any problems that the gods foresee arising, and by ascertaining the correct method of correcting these. The selection is made up of two texts containing parallel sets of questions. The translation follows the bet…