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The incidence of treaties through the old close to East has been investigated on a few events, more often than not that allows you to unravel convinced questions coming up within the biblical box. because of that attention, the life of an analogous establishment in a few varied cultures has no longer been handled as an issue in itself. commonly the life of treaties through the region has been taken without any consideration, or an easy borrowing version has been used to provide an explanation for how comparable types got here for use in several cultures. Why types have been related around the region has now not been probed. This paintings investigates treaty occurrences in numerous cultures and reveals that the kinds used correlate with methods of keeping political keep an eye on either internally and over vassals. similar innovations are projected in professional debts of background. hence one could approximately distinguish threats in keeping with strength from persuasion in line with benevolence and old precedent, although quite a few mixtures of those take place. there's a most probably extra connection of the skill selected to the measure of centralisation of strength in the society. Underlying the neighborhood traditions is a typical culture which needs to be dated to the pre-literate interval. Biblical covenants healthy inside of this development. The cultures handled are Mesopotamia, the Hittites, Egypt, Syrian centres and Israel.

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81-2; Cooper, Reconstructing History from Ancient Inscriptions, p. 52. 25 Normally all that is claimed in the latter is the fact of conquest. That raises the issue of whether there is a difference in historiographic approaches between Lagash and other contemporary cities. 27 It could therefore be that the exclusion of Lagash from the King List tradition is not to be explained solely on political grounds. It may also be that Lagash represented a different historiographic tradition. If there is any truth in this line of speculation, it may perhaps be extended further.

Charpin, Archives epistolaires de Mari, 1/2, p. 33. 37. Charpin, Archives epistolaires de Mari, 1/2, #469. 38. ' (Charpin, Archives epistolaires de Mari, 1/2, #469:18-21) 39. ' (Charpin, Archives epistolaires de Mari, 1/2, #469:40) Mesopotamia 25 crucial points, one cannot be dogmatic about the cause of the envoys' concern. It could be that Hammurabi had sworn a version of the treaty which removed Hit from the agreement and they were concerned lest their king make concessions without the crucial Babylonian concession in turn.

Vaughan (eds), Jerusalem. R. Gallagher, Sennacherib's Campaign to Judah. New Studies (Leiden: Brill, 1999), p. 120. 118. E. Ebeling, Stiftungen und Vorschriften fur assyrische Tempel (Berlin: AkademieVerlag, 1954), p. 9. 119. S. Parpola, 'Neo-Assyrian Treaties from the Royal Archives of Nineveh' JCS 39(1987), pp. 161-89 (163, 164); Parpola and Watanabe, Neo-Assyrian Treaties and Loyalty Oaths, p. L. Barre, The God-List in the Treaty between Hannibal and Philip V of Macedonia: A Study in the Light of Ancient Near Eastern Treaty Tradition (Baltimore: Johns Mesopo tamia 41 interpretation uncertain.

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