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People - Ancient Near East: Abdi-Heba
Ancient Near East

Adbi-Heba in Wikipedia Abdi-Heba (Abdi-Kheba, Abdi-Hepat, or Abdi-Hebat) was king of Jerusalem (called Urusalim at that time) during the Amarna period (mid-1330s BC). Abdi-Heba's name can be translated as "servant of Hebat", a Hurrian goddess. Some scholars believe the correct reading is Ebed-Nob. Whether Abdi-Heba was himself of Hurrian descent is unknown, as is the relationship between the general populace of pre-Israelite Jerusalem (known as Jebusites in the Bible) and the Hurrians. Also unknown is whether he was part of a dynasty that governed Jerusalem or whether he was put on the throne by the Egyptians. Abdi-Heba himself notes that he holds his kingdom not through his parental lineage but by the grace of Pharaoh, but this might be flattery rather than an accurate representation of the situation. At this time his entire kingdom may have had a population of fifteen hundred people and Urusalim would have been a 'small highlands stronghold' in the fourteenth century BCE with no fortifications or large buildings

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