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Law from the Tigris to the Tiber

The Writings of Raymond Westbrook

Raymond Westbrook, Edited by F. Magdalene, and Bruce Wells

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Law from the Tigris to the Tiber

The Writings of Raymond Westbrook

Raymond Westbrook, Edited by F. Magdalene, and Bruce Wells

Raymond Westbrook (1946–2009) was acknowledged by many as the world’s foremost expert on the legal systems of the ancient Near East and a leading scholar in the study of biblical and classical law. This collection brings together the 44 most important articles that Westbrook published in the 25 years following the completion of his Ph.D. at Yale University in 1982. The first volume, The Shared Tradition, contains 16 articles that lay out Westbrook’s theory of a common legal tradition that spanned the ancient world from Mesopotamia to Israel and even to Greece and Rome. The second volume, Cuneiform and Biblical Sources, provides 28 articles that demonstrate Westbrook’s unique method of legal analysis that he applied to the numerous texts he worked with as an Assyriologist and biblical scholar, from law codes to contracts to narratives. Each volume contains its own comprehensive bibliography, as well as subject, author, and text indexes. Together, they represent the life’s work of one of the most important legal historians of our era.

 

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Raymond Westbrook (1946–2009) was acknowledged by many as the world’s foremost expert on the legal systems of the ancient Near East and a leading scholar in the study of biblical and classical law. This collection brings together the 44 most important articles that Westbrook published in the 25 years following the completion of his Ph.D. at Yale University in 1982. The first volume, The Shared Tradition, contains 16 articles that lay out Westbrook’s theory of a common legal tradition that spanned the ancient world from Mesopotamia to Israel and even to Greece and Rome. The second volume, Cuneiform and Biblical Sources, provides 28 articles that demonstrate Westbrook’s unique method of legal analysis that he applied to the numerous texts he worked with as an Assyriologist and biblical scholar, from law codes to contracts to narratives. Each volume contains its own comprehensive bibliography, as well as subject, author, and text indexes. Together, they represent the life’s work of one of the most important legal historians of our era.

Volume One: The Shared Tradition

Preface

Introduction

Part One: The Tradition in the Law Codes

1. Biblical and Cuneiform Law Codes

2. The Nature and Origins of the Twelve Tables

3. Cuneiform Law Codes and the Origins of Legislation

4. What Is the Covenant Code?

5. Codification and Canonization

6. Codex Hammurabi and the Ends of the Earth

Part Two: The Tradition in Legal Practice

7. Social Justice in the Ancient Near East

8. Slave and Master in Ancient Near Eastern Law

9. Patronage in the Ancient Near East

10. Adultery in Ancient Near Eastern Law

11. Witchcraft and the Law in the Ancient Near East

Part Three: The Tradition in Greco-Roman Law

12. The Trial Scene in the Iliad

13. Penelope’s Dowry and Odysseus’ Kingship

14. The Coherence of the Lex Aquilia

15. Restrictions on Alienation of Property in Early Roman Law

16. Vitae Necisque Potestas

Abbreviations

Bibliography

Index of Authors

Index of Subjects

Index of Ancient Sources

Volume Two: Cuneiform and Biblical Law

Preface

About the Editors

Introduction: Law as Method

Part One: Cuneiform Sources

1. The Edict of Tudhaliya IV

2. Hard Times: CT 45 37

3. The Liability of an Innocent Purchaser of Stolen Goods in Early Mesopotamian Law

4. The Old Babylonian Term nap arum

5. The Phrase ‘His Heart Is Satisfied’ in Ancient Near Eastern Legal Sources

6. The Case of the Elusive Debtors: CT 4 6a and CT 6 34b

7. Social Justice and Creative Jurisprudence in Late Bronze Age Syria

8. A Death in the Family: Codex Eshnunna 17-18 Revisited

9. The Adoption Laws of Codex Hammurabi

10. The Female Slave

11. A Sumerian Freedman

12. The Quality of Freedom in Neo-Babylonian Manumissions

13. Judges in the Cuneiform Sources

14. Evidentiary Procedure in the Middle Assyrian Laws

15. ziz2.da/kishshatum

16. The Enforcement of Morals in Mesopotamian Law

17. A Matter of Life and Death

18. International Law in the Amarna Age

19. Babylonian Diplomacy in the Amarna Letters

Part Two: Biblical Sources

20. Biblical Law

21. The Laws of Biblical Israel

22. Lex Talionis and Exodus 21:22-25

23. The Deposit Law of Exodus 21:6-12

24. Who Led the Scapegoat in Leviticus 16:21?

25. The Prohibition on Restoration of Marriage in Deuteronomy 24:1-4

26. Riddles in Deuteronomic Law

27. The Trial of Jeremiah

28. Legalistic ‘Glosses’ in Biblical Narratives

Abbreviations

Bibliography

Index of Authors

Index of Subjects

Index of Ancient Sources

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