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Berlin’s Vorderasiatisches Museum, which houses more than 200 of the famed Amarna letters, has made high-resolution images of the ancient diplomatic correspondences available online. The 14th-century B.C.E. archive consists primarily of royal letters sent between Egypt’s New Kingdom pharaohs and the rulers of various Canaanite city-states. Among the photographed tablets are several letters (EA 285-288) written by Abdi-Heba, king of Canaanite Jerusalem, to the Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten.* In the surviving letters, the ever-loyal Canaanite king implores Pharaoh to send more troops to Jerusalem so that he can defend the city against the machinations and plots of neighboring Canaanite kings.
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