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Loi et Justice dans la Littérature du Proche-Orient ancien
Artus, Olivier, editor

Weisbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2013 pp. 274. $105.00

Series Information
Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für Altorientalische und Biblishce Rechtsgeschichte, 20
Edited by Eckart Otto

Description: What is the connection between law and justice in the literature of the Ancient Near East? Does justice always need the writing of laws? And what is the true purpose of the law collections of the Ancient Near East and of the Bible? To take the case of the Hammurapi code, does it represent an authentic legal text, or a work of royal propaganda, or rather a collection of case laws? The volume edited by Olivier Artus gathers together conferences given on the occasion of two international colloques at the Catholic University of Paris (2010 and 2011) about this field of law and justice. The articles lead an investigation about the questions concerned from the legal texts of the Ancient Near East, particularly from the Mesopotamian literature, and from the biblical legal texts, as well as from the wisdom biblical literature. The different studies try to set the legal texts in their historical situation and in the context of the political and theological debates of their time.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Ancient Near East, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Ideological Critique, Theological Approaches

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Review by Michael S. Moore
Published 3/7/2015
Citation: Michael S. Moore, review of Olivier Artus, ed., Loi et Justice dans la Littérature du Proche-Orient ancien, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2015).

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