ADULTERY IN ANCIENT NEAR EASTERN LAW

The biblical and cuneiform sources reveal a common legal tradition in the treatment of adultery. Apparent differences are due to the method of presentation used by the ancient law codes. Adultery was an offence against the husband by two parties: the wife and the paramour. His legal remedies against...

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Published in:Revue biblique
Main Author: Westbrook, Raymond
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Peeters 1990
In: Revue biblique
Year: 1990, Volume: 97, Issue: 4, Pages: 542-580
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Summary:The biblical and cuneiform sources reveal a common legal tradition in the treatment of adultery. Apparent differences are due to the method of presentation used by the ancient law codes. Adultery was an offence against the husband by two parties: the wife and the paramour. His legal remedies against them sometimes coincided or were linked for reasons of policy, but they were on a different basis. Adultery was at the same time a sin which could result in divine punishment. Pre-marital infidelity was subject to analogous rules. Les sources bibliques et cunéiformes témoignent d'une tradition juridique commune dans le cas de l'adultère. Les différences apparentes sont dues à la méthode de présentation par les codes juridiques anciens. L'adultère était un crime envers le mari, commis par deux parties : l'épouse et son complice. Les moyens légaux à la disposition du mari contre eux coïncidaient parfois, ou étaient liés pour des raisons pratiques, mais ils s'appuyaient sur des bases différentes. L'adultère était par la même occasion un péché qui pouvait entraîner un châtiment divin. L'infidélité pré-maritale était soumise aux mêmes règles.
ISSN:2466-8583
Contains:Enthalten in: Revue biblique