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Homicide in the Biblical World - Pamela Barmash

Homicide in the Biblical World

Paperback Published: 18th April 2005
ISBN: 9780521547734
Number Of Pages: 270

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Homicide in the Biblical World analyses the treatment of homicide in the Hebrew Bible and demonstrates that it is directly linked to the unique social structure and religion of ancient Israel. Close parallels between biblical law and ancient Near Eastern law are evident in the laws of the ox that gored and the pregnant woman who is assaulted, but, when the total picture of the process by which homicide was adjudicated comes into view, what is most noticeable is how little of it is similar to ancient Near Eastern law. This book reconstructs biblical law from both legal texts and narrative texts and analyses both the law collections and documents from actual legal cases from the ancient Near East.

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'Pamela Barmash's new book is compulsory reading for biblical scholars in general, scholars of biblical law in particular, and scholars of ancient Near Eastern law and culture. It is not far-reaching to claim that this book is essential for every scholar of ancient cultural and legal systems ... Barmash's study of homicide in the biblical world is a shining example of comparative research.' Review of Biblical Literature ' ... this is a valuable book, with a rich bibliography ...' Themelios

Abbreviationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
A First Case: The Story of Cain and Abelp. 12
Blood Feud and State Controlp. 20
The Development of Places of Refuge in the Biblep. 71
Pollution and Homicidep. 94
Typologies of Homicidep. 116
Lex Talionisp. 154
Interterritorial Law: The Homicide of a Foreign Citizenp. 178
Conclusionp. 202
Cuneiform Sources on Homicidep. 207
Bibliographyp. 221
General Indexp. 239
Index of Citationsp. 245
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ISBN: 9780521547734
ISBN-10: 0521547733
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 270
Published: 18th April 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.36