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By Noel Weeks
The incidence of treaties in the course of the historical close to East has been investigated on a couple of events, in most cases on the way to get to the bottom of sure questions bobbing up within the biblical box. due to that spotlight, the lifestyles of an analogous establishment in a few various cultures has now not been handled as an issue in itself. ordinarily the life of treaties through the region has been taken with no consideration, or an easy borrowing version has been used to provide an explanation for how related kinds got here for use in several cultures. Why types have been comparable around the region has no longer been probed. This paintings investigates treaty occurrences in several cultures and unearths that the kinds used correlate with methods of holding political keep an eye on either internally and over vassals. comparable ideas are projected in authentic debts of background. therefore you'll approximately distinguish threats in line with strength from persuasion in keeping with benevolence and ancient precedent, even though a variety of mixtures of those ensue. there's a most likely extra connection of the potential selected to the measure of centralisation of energy 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 this development. The cultures handled are Mesopotamia, the Hittites, Egypt, Syrian centres and Israel.
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It is not easy to argue any sort of direct relationship between Lagash and these sources for the Middle Assyrian Period. We might therefore resort to the explanation that such appeal to history is the 'natural' thing to do. That leaves us with the question of why so few rulers in Mesopotamia do what is 'natural'. We are thus faced with a version of the problem considered earlier: that treaties may not be an item of discourse, or at least not a prominent item, in royal inscriptions. When they are highlighted in this period it is in a different sort of text which may employ different concepts.
D. Charpin, 'Une alliance contre 1'Elam et le ritual du lipit napistim" in F. ), Contribution a I'histoire de I'lran. Melanges offerts a Jean Perrot (Paris: Editions Recherche sur les Civilisations, 1990), pp. 109-18. 43. The ritual may have been even more elaborate, with washing of hands and favourable days for different parts of it. See K. Reiter, 'Altbabylonische Vertrage unter Beachtung giinstiger Tage', Mari 7(1993), pp. 359-63. For a suggestion regarding the role of hand washing in the conclusion of treaties see M.
Admonition and Curse: The Ancient Near Eastern Treaty Covenant Form as a Problem in Inter-Cultural Relationships by Noel Weeks