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Homicide in the Biblical World

Homicide in the Biblical World

  • Date Published: December 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521834681


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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.

    • This is the only book that focuses on the treatment of homicide in the Bible
    • Incorporates extra-biblical material from the Ancient Near East
    • Combines legal texts and ancient narratives for a new understanding
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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

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521834681
    • length: 270 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.465kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. A first case, the story of Cain and Abel
    2. Blood feud and state control
    3. The development of the cities of refuge in the Bible
    4. Pollution and homicide
    5. Typologies of homicide
    6. Lex Talionis
    7. International law in the Ancient Near East
    8. Conclusion
    9. Excursus aeven: cuneiform sources on homicide.

  • Author

    Pamela Barmash, Washington University, St Louis
    Pamela Barmash is Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible and Biblical Hebrew at Washington University in St. Louis. She received her PhD from Harvard University and her Rabbinic Ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary. She has published in various journals including Vetus Testamentum, Journal of Near Eastern Studies, Jewish Quarterly Review, Journal of Biblical Literature, and Hebrew Studies.

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