The new findings at Ebla are possibly the most significant discovery yet made so far as they relate to the background of early Bible times.
The impact on some areas of Biblical knowledge will indeed be startling. and the Work Begins Tell Mardikh -- the ancient Ebla -- is on the main road to Aleppo in Northern Syria, being not quite half way between Hamath and Aleppo. There is a mound and a small village about one kilometer off the highway.
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The two rooms where the main body of 15,000 tablets were recovered were close to the entrance to the palace.
If the royal archives themselves are found as excavation proceeds, the potential for the study of Bible backgrounds and ancient history is tremendous.
It appears that the city was defended by mercenaries rather than by its own army. There are literary texts with mythological backgrounds, incantations, collections of proverbs, and hymns to various deities.
Professor Pettinato conjectures that this is probably the reason why Akkad finally prevailed over Ebla. Rituals associated with the gods are referred to, many of these gods being known in Babylonian literature of a later period.
The city was in contact with other cities all over the Near East.
One of the interesting illustrations of this comes from the list of nations given to messengers as they traversed certain routes, with the names of the cities given.About 1,000 words were recovered initially (hundreds more later) in vocabulary lists.The words are written out in both Sumerian logograms and Eblaic syllable-type writing.Here the provisions were stored, tribute was collected, and apprentice scribes did their copying from the tablets which they would take temporarily from the royal archives themselves.A wide variety of tablets were copies, and this is of tremendous importance, for it means that today we have a wide range of these copied tablets available for study.) that 1976 was a poor season -- only 1,600 tablets were found!