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“Can you please reference some sources you
used for your Hittite series?”
Seems like a simple, innocuous question. However, the first series of books I
wrote include What Is An Establishment of
Religion?, What Is Secular Humanism?, and What Is Science? As SCOTUS Justice Scalia wrote “The United
States Supreme Court has held that secular humanism is a religion. Belief in
evolution is a central tenet of that religion.” Antonin Scalia, in the case
Edwards v. Aguillard, U.S. Supreme Court, 1987
Modern authors are so indoctrinated in the
Established Religion of Secular Humanism that using them as sources for ancient
history are worse than useless. You will need to spend considerable time
unlearning their indoctrination before you can begin learning actual history.
So here a few essentials before recommending sources.
1) Archbishop Ussher’s dates are essentially
correct. Sir Isaac Newton also wrote a history of the world based on the
evidence in Scripture and came to similar conclusions, that the world was
created approximately 4000 BC. Sir Isaac Newton admitted that his dates could
be off by decades, which is reasonable. Both Ussher and Newton use the Hebrew
OT Masoretic text. The Greek translation of the Old Testament, the LXX or
Septuagint add names to the geneaological records, making the creation
centuries older. The first tablet of the Sumerian king’s list is different from
the rest of the tablets. The rest use a base 60 numbering system. However, if
the first tablet uses a base 10 system, then the number of kings are the same
number and lived for the same number of years as the geneaological records in
Genesis 5 between Adam and Noah in the Hebrew Masoretic text.
2) There are many minor adjustments which been
made recently. Ussher has the date of the Exodus 1491 BC. Theile The Mysterious Numbers of the Hebrew Kings cross
references Assyrian chronology and dates the Exodus 1446 BC. The Hebrew
chronology during the time of Hezekiah is uncertain. Many dissertations have
shifted the exact dates back towards Ussher’s 1491 BC, but not quite that far. https://answersingenesis.org/bible-history/evidentialism-the-bible-and-assyrian-chronology/
3) Carbon 14 dating is based on a constant formation of 14C by cosmic ray bombardment of 14N high in earth’s upper atmosphere. However, a ratio of 14C:12C the nonradioactive stable isotope is necessary to arrive at a date. The established religion of Secular Humanism begins with the belief that 12C has been stable and constant for over 100,000 years. The worldwide catastrophic flood 1656 years after creation was caused by the single antediluvian continent breaking up. That volcanic activity resulted in a massive outpouring of 12C. According to Ussher the flood occurred approximately 2350 BC. The levels of environmental 12C did not fall to the levels we have measured for the past 2,000 years until about 600 BC. Items radiocarbon dated during the reigns of Nebuchadnezzar and his father Nabopolasser are in line with Ussher’s dates. The Minoan eruption of Thera is 14C dated between 1640-1540 BC. Making the reasonable assumption that the Thera eruption coincides with the Exodus, 14C dating is between 60-160 years older than actual dates at this time. Artifacts 14C dated 2300 years old and older have actual dates very soon after the flood.
Comparing Egyptian and Hebrew chronologies,
the Exodus ruined Egypt. That fits best with the end of Egypt’s Middle Kingdom,
which ended with the mysterious disappearance of the 13th dynasty.
This begins the ruin of Egypt, the 2nd Intermediate Period. During
this time Amalek ruled Egypt. Saul’s campaign to destroy Amalek brought about
New Kingdoms of Egypt, the Assyrians, and the Hittites at the same time as the
Israelite monarchy. The tel el Amarna letters, found in Egypt, written in
Akkadian cuneiform, document diplomatic relationships during the New Kingdom.
The letters between the Hittite Queen Puduhepa and Ramses the Great are
especially enlightening. http://www.amarnaproject.com
6) Many years of searching pyramid texts,
funerary art, and obscure but interesting documents to learn how ordinary
people lived in the 2nd millenium BC. The most massive and helpful
collection along this line is Sacred Texts. https://www.sacred-texts.com
The editor of the sacred-texts website died in 2012 and to the best of my
knowledge the site is maintained, but not updated.
I hope that this minor overview is just a start. These are “some sources.” I read several thousand cuneiform documents while writing these books. Translations, not the original Akkadian. That is not as difficult as it seems, since most cuneiform tablets are small and only a few sentences contain important information. One interesting fact I learned along the way is that over 2 million cuneiform tablets have never been translated. If anyone needs something to do…