By Noel Weeks
The prevalence of treaties during the historical close to East has been investigated on a couple of events, commonly so one can get to the bottom of definite questions bobbing up within the biblical box. due to that spotlight, the life of the same establishment in a couple of various cultures has now not been handled as an issue in itself. as a rule the life of treaties in the course of the sector has been taken with no consideration, or an easy borrowing version has been used to provide an explanation for how related types got here for use in several cultures. Why types have been related around the zone has now not been probed. This paintings investigates treaty occurrences in several cultures and reveals that the types used correlate with methods of conserving political keep an eye on either internally and over vassals. similar strategies are projected in professional bills of historical past. therefore you may approximately distinguish threats in line with strength from persuasion in line with benevolence and old precedent, even though a variety of mixtures of those take place. there's a most likely extra connection of the capacity selected to the measure of centralisation of strength in the society. Underlying the neighborhood traditions is a typical culture which should be dated to the pre-literate interval. Biblical covenants healthy inside this trend. The cultures taken care of are Mesopotamia, the Hittites, Egypt, Syrian centres and Israel.
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109-18. 43. The ritual may have been even more elaborate, with washing of hands and favourable days for different parts of it. See K. Reiter, 'Altbabylonische Vertrage unter Beachtung giinstiger Tage', Mari 7(1993), pp. 359-63. For a suggestion regarding the role of hand washing in the conclusion of treaties see M. Malul, Studies in Mesopotamian Legal Symbolism (Kevelaer: Butzon & Bercker, 1988), p. 120n. 44. Charpin, 'Une alliance contre 1'Elam et le ritual du lipit napistinf, especially pp. 11516.
Note Grayson's discussion of the inversion of the chronological order at this point in the text. 78. Grayson, Assyrian and Babylonian Chronicles, p. 158, 11. 5'-6'. 79. Grayson, Assyrian and Babylonian Chronicles, p. 162, ii:l'; p. 165, ii:27, 28; p. 166, iii:18; p. 167, iii:24, 25. 80. E. G. Lambert, Three Unpublished Fragments of the Tukulti-Ninurta Epic', AfO 18(1967), pp. 38-51. For general discussion of the text see P. Machinist, 'Literature as Politics: The Tukulti-Ninurta Epic and the Bible', CBQ 38(1976), pp.
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Admonition and Curse: The Ancient Near Eastern Treaty Covenant Form as a Problem in Inter-Cultural Relationships by Noel Weeks