By Itamar Singer
Prayers are one of the so much own and innovative between Hittite texts. wealthy in metaphors and similes, they supply the easiest perception into Hittite contemplative considering and philosophy of lifestyles. within the face of grave affliction, the loss of life of a friend, or an drawing close army disaster, these in obstacle put out of your mind the normal principles of prudent phraseology and cry out from the ground in their hearts for deliverance and for a greater comprehension in their international.
The dozen royal prayers translated during this quantity are grouped in chronological and thematic order: from the earliest invocations and the first own prayers of the early Hittite Empire (Kantuzili), in the course of the problematic prayers of Mursili II and Muwatalli II, to the markedly "political" prayers of Hattusili III and his queen Puduhepa. along with a wealthy resource for Hittite theology and literary kinds, those prayers include vital, occasionally even singular, historic info lacking from the ordinary different types of historiographic writing. Babylonian and Hurrian prototypes inspired the early improvement of the style, however it quickly built its personal inventive variety, which can additionally function an extra resource of comparability with biblical prayers.