The broad spectrum of the Mari documents provides innumerable opportunities for comparative research into Early Israel, the Bible and Biblical Hebrew. The present volume utilizes these possibilities to obtain a new perspective on Early Israelite times. In 1936, a French archaeological expedition to Mari, the capital of a kingdom on the Middle Euphrates in Syria, began uncovering a vast archive of some 25,000 cuneiform tablets. This huge
corpus of Old Babylonian documents, mostly from the Mari palace - a unique royal complex of the eighteenth century BC - is slowly revealing a vivid picture of Mesopotamia at the time when the Israelites were in their earliest formative stage. One most fascinating facet of the
archives is the light they shed on the early phases of Israelite socio-history. Indeed, the Mari archives now comprise the prime extra-Biblical source for this period, for they reflect a West Semitic population analogous to the so-called `Patriarchs'. The broad spectrum of the Mari documents, from exotic prophecies to political intrigue, provides innumerable opportunities for comparative research into Early Israel, the Bible, and Biblical Hebrew. The present volume
utilizes these possibilities to obtain a new perspective on Early Israelite times.
`All students of biblical history and of the Mari texts are indebted to Abraham Malamat for the interesting book that he has presented to us.'
The Israel Exploration Journal, Vol 42 (1992)
`It is a most useful work of reference, which will facilitate a fresh assessment of the significance of Mari for biblical history.'
Journal of Theological Studies
This fine volume by a distinguished Israeli scholar offers a comprehensive survey.'
Theological Book Review
`... the book will commend itself to Bible Students who regard OT history as in a class by itself ... Valuable light is thrown on obscure OT texts as Psa. 74.13 Job 7.12, Jer. 44.19 and many others.' Bible Study Monthly Vol 69, Nov/Dec 92
'This welcome paperback reprint costs well under half the original hardback. The publishers are to be commended for making such studies more widely available.'
'a book of mature studies by an expert in the field, drawn from his lifelong research into ancient Near Eastern history ... Malamat provides a source book for anyone interested in pursuing biblical studies in relation to their Near Eastern setting. Anyone who has ever puzzled over the subject of prohecy will find a wealth of information in this book. Particularly impressive was his definition of the ancient conception of space and time.'
Joan Goodnick Westenholz, The Jerusalem Post Magazine
Series: Schweich Lectures on Biblical Archaeology
Number Of Pages: 174
Published: 27th February 1992
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.3
Weight (kg): 0.32