Mari and the Early Israelite Experience: The Schweich Lectures, 1984

Paperback | May 1, 1987

byAbraham Malamat

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The broad spectrum of the Mari documents provides innumerable opportunities for comparative research into Early Israel, the Bible and Biblical Hebrew. The present volume utilizes these possibilities to obtain a new perspective on Early Israelite times. In 1936, a French archaeological expedition to Mari, the capital of a kingdom on the Middle Euphrates in Syria, began uncovering a vast archive of some 25,000 cuneiform tablets. This huge corpus of Old Babylonian documents, mostly from the Mari palace - a unique royal complex of the eighteenthcentury BC - is slowly revealing a vivid picture of Mesopotamia at the time when the Israelites were in their earliest formative stage. One most fascinating facet of the archives is the light they shed on the early phases of Israelite socio-history. Indeed, the Mari archives now comprise the prime extra-Biblical source for this period, for they reflect a West Semitic population analogous to the so-called `Patriarchs'. The broad spectrum of the Mari documents, from exotic prophecies to political intrigue, provides innumerable opportunities for comparative research into Early Israel, the Bible, and Biblical Hebrew. The present volume utilizes these possibilities to obtain a new perspective on Early Israelitetimes.

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The broad spectrum of the Mari documents provides innumerable opportunities for comparative research into Early Israel, the Bible and Biblical Hebrew. The present volume utilizes these possibilities to obtain a new perspective on Early Israelite times. In 1936, a French archaeological expedition to Mari, the capital of a kingdom on t...

Abraham Malamat is at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:174 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.63 inPublished:May 1, 1987Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0197261175

ISBN - 13:9780197261170

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'a book of mature studies by an expert in the field, drawn from his lifelong research into ancient Near Eastern history ... Malamat provides a source book for anyone interested in pursuing biblical studies in relation to their Near Eastern setting. Anyone who has ever puzzled over the subjectof prohecy will find a wealth of information in this book. Particularly impressive was his definition of the ancient conception of space and time.'Joan Goodnick Westenholz, The Jerusalem Post Magazine