Do the Hittites Exist?
One experience that drastically affected my view of evidence of the ancients (ancient people) and accuracy of the biblical record occurred when I was no more than 10 years of age. I heard a radio teacher who taught that secular theologians proclaim there is no evidence of Hittites therefore there never were Hittites nor a Hittite civilization. The biblical account can’t be right, therefore. I remember pondering: Genesis records the activities of Hittites. We can’t prove they existed. Hmmm! What is the impact of that? Does it make Genesis unreliable/inaccurate? I couldn’t answer that question at the time. Does anyone question the existence of the Hittites today? Of course not! But, university professors of that day were proclaiming that they never existed.
That event happened in the late 1950s. I am not sure where the teacher got his information because the Hittites were discovered in the late 1800s. However, I am sure that the teacher was right in this regard. In the day, preceding the discovery of the Hittites, you can be sure that there were theologians and professors questioning the existence of the Hittites.
Though the radio teacher was wrong, this event helped me realize something important. Though there is no archaeological or scientific evidence for a statement in the Bible, that does not mean that the Bible is wrong or inaccurate. There are events in the Bible which are not verifiable by archaeology or science. That does not mean the events are untrue.
All data do not have to be verifiable to be accurate. There is mystery in history and our God is mysterious.
More Information on the Hittites:
Ancient History – The Hittites
“4000 year old” meal