Prophecy, Treaty-Making and Tribes in the Mari Documents During the Period of the Amorite Kings (From the end of the 19th Century B.C.E. Until 1760 B.C.E.) [Hebrew]
Jerusalem: Bialik Institute, 2007 pp. 309. $40.00
The Biblical Encyclopaedia Library, 23
Description: We can learn about the life style of the biblical period from the Bible itself or from several external documents. One of the most relevant sources for the study of the Bible and its historical period are the archives from the 18th century B.C.E of the city of Mari that was lying on Central Euphrates. Nowadays it is quasi impossible to discuss about the biblical prophecy, the peace treaties or about the tribal society, described in the Bible without referring to this rich material embedded in the Mari tablets. Biblical stories are not historical documents; they are woven from reality threads taken from the ancient writers' world. As opposed to these texts, wrapped in their literary garments, the Mari documents allow us to relate to the historical facts as they "really" occurred, no matter which field of life is in question. In spite of the gap of more than thousand years between the biblical stories and the Mari documents, the comparison of the two enables us to better understand these two ancient cultures that spread the light on the other.
Subjects: Ancient Near East, Mesopotamian Literature, Literature
Review by John Engle
Citation: John Engle, review of Moshe Anbar, Prophecy, Treaty-Making and Tribes in the Mari Documents During the Period of the Amorite Kings (From the end of the 19th Century B.C.E. Until 1760 B.C.E.) [Hebrew], Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).
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