HETH (Heb. hēth). Great-grandson of Noah through Ham and Canaan (Gen.10.15) and progenitor of the great Hittite people, sometimes called “sons” and “daughters” of Heth (Gen.23.3; Gen.27.46). Rendered “Hittites” in each instance in the NIV. For many centuries their records, except as recorded in the Bible, were lost; but now the Hittites are well known to archaeologists and are reckoned with the Babylonians and the Egyptians as one of the great peoples of the time. See also Hittites.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
cheth: The eighth letter of the Hebrew alphabet; transliterated in this Encyclopedia as "ch". It came also to be used for the number 8. For name, etc., see Alphabet.
In Ge 23:10
the ancestor of the Hittites. As the various peoples who occupied Canaan were thought to belong to one stock, Ge 10:15
) makes Heth the (2nd) son of Canaan. In Ge 23
the "sons of Heth" occupy Hebron, but they were known to have come there from the north. A reference to this seems to be preserved in the order of the names in Ge 10:15
, where Heth is placed between Sidon and the Jebusites.