Ancient Near Eastern Treaty Traditions and Biblical Covenants: Recent Surveys

Three recent books survey ancient Near Eastern treaty texts and discuss their relevance to biblical covenants. Kitchen and Lawrence present the most extensive anthology now available. Altman tends to concentrate on Hittite diplomacy, while Charpin highlights evidence from Old Babylonian city-states....

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Published in:The journal of Hebrew scriptures
Main Author: Morrow, William S. 1953-
Contributors: Kitchen, Kenneth A. 1932- (Bibliographic antecedent) ; Alṭman, Amnon 1935- (Bibliographic antecedent) ; Charpin, Dominique 1954- (Bibliographic antecedent)
Format: Electronic Review
Language:English
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Published: The National Library of Canada 2021
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In: The journal of Hebrew scriptures
Year: 2021, Volume: 21, Pages: 1-22
Review of:Treaty, law and covenant in the ancient near east (Wiesbaden : Harrassowitz Verlag, 2012) (Morrow, William S.)
Beritot mediniut ba-mizraḥ ha-ḳadum (Yerushalayim : Mosad Byaliḳ, 2018) (Morrow, William S.)
"Tu es de mon sang" (Paris : Collège de France, 2019) (Morrow, William S.)
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Divine covenant / Ancient Orient / Contract / Research report / Anthology / Hittites / Mesopotamia / City-state
Further subjects:B Book review
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Summary:Three recent books survey ancient Near Eastern treaty texts and discuss their relevance to biblical covenants. Kitchen and Lawrence present the most extensive anthology now available. Altman tends to concentrate on Hittite diplomacy, while Charpin highlights evidence from Old Babylonian city-states. Taken together, they demonstrate that biblical scholars should bear in mind the flexibility of these political instruments when making comparisons to ancient Israel’s covenantal traditions.
ISSN:1203-1542
Contains:Enthalten in: The journal of Hebrew scriptures
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.5508/jhs29595