Admonition and Curse: The Ancient Near Eastern Treaty by Noel Weeks

By Noel Weeks

The incidence of treaties during the historic close to East has been investigated on a couple of events, as a rule for you to get to the bottom of sure questions coming up within the biblical box. because of that attention, the life of an identical establishment in a few various cultures has now not been handled as an issue in itself. normally the life of treaties through the quarter has been taken without any consideration, or an easy borrowing version has been used to give an explanation for how related types got here for use in numerous cultures. Why kinds have been related around the zone has no longer been probed. This paintings investigates treaty occurrences in several cultures and reveals that the kinds used correlate with methods of conserving political keep an eye on either internally and over vassals. comparable innovations are projected in reputable money owed of background. therefore you could approximately distinguish threats in line with strength from persuasion in accordance with benevolence and old precedent, notwithstanding a variety of mixtures of those ensue. there's a most likely additional connection of the ability selected to the measure of centralisation of energy in the society. Underlying the neighborhood traditions is a standard culture which should be dated to the pre-literate interval. Biblical covenants healthy inside this development. The cultures taken care of are Mesopotamia, the Hittites, Egypt, Syrian centres and Israel.

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Greenwood, 1926), pp. 265-8; Parpola and Watanabe, Neo-Assyrian Treaties and Loyalty Oaths, pp. 8-13. 111. Parpola and Watanabe, Neo-Assyrian Treaties and Loyalty Oaths, p. 8, 11. 21'-27'. 112. Parpola and Watanabe, Neo-Assyrian Treaties and Loyalty Oaths, p. 11, 11. IV, 1-5. 113. Assyria probably did not have a monopoly on the use of adu. A text referring to the Babylonian king Nabu-shuma-ishkun mentions an adu: E. von Weiher, 'Marduk-apla-usur and Nabu-shum-ishkun in einem spatbabylonischen Fragment aus Uruk', Baghdader Mitteilungen 14(1984), pp.

Laesso/e, People of Ancient Assyria (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1963), p. B. , 3rd edn, 1969), p. 628. Mesopotamiaa 27 requirements of Shamshi-Adad's oath are probably indicated by what he claims as evidence of his good faith: failure to raid Yashub-Adad's land. Here we have treaty obligations and beneficence brought together, even if the goodness is merely refraining from aggression. 53 From the context the likely reference is to a treaty concluded between, or under negotiation between, Shamshi-Adad and the king of Eshnunna.

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