Amarna Tablets

Amarna Tablets Provide Eye-Witness Testimony to the Events

The Amarna Tablets were discovered in 1887 at Amarna, a site along the Nile between ancient Memphis and Thebes. These are military correspondences between Amenhotep IV (Pharaoh of Egypt) and his vassal state rulers (i.e. those countries who paid him tribute in return for his providing them with defense) in Canaan. Roughly 300 tablets have been found that date to around 1400 BC.


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Biblical Significance:

These are desperate pleas from a Canaanite king named Abdi-Heba to Pharaoh asking for help against the invading “Habiru” or “Apiru” people (we’ve already seen in the Mari Tablets that these are the Hebrews). This provides evidence that the Exodus and Conquest that took place under Joshua.
The following is a transliteration taken from tablet # 286:

Source of Transliteration:

The Amarna Tablets corroborate historical events spoken of in the Bible. As a result, we have yet more proof that the Bible is historically accurate.