By Noel Weeks
The incidence of treaties through the historical close to East has been investigated on a few events, more often than not with a purpose to unravel sure questions bobbing up within the biblical box. because of that attention, the life of an analogous establishment in a couple of varied cultures has no longer been handled as an issue in itself. usually the life of treaties through the region has been taken with no consideration, or an easy borrowing version has been used to give an explanation for how comparable varieties got here for use in numerous cultures. Why kinds have been comparable around the region has now not been probed. This paintings investigates treaty occurrences in numerous cultures and reveals that the types used correlate with methods of keeping political regulate either internally and over vassals. comparable suggestions are projected in legit bills of background. hence one could approximately distinguish threats in accordance with strength from persuasion in response to benevolence and ancient precedent, notwithstanding numerous mixtures of those ensue. there's a most likely additional connection of the skill selected to the measure of centralisation of strength 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 of this development. The cultures taken care of are Mesopotamia, the Hittites, Egypt, Syrian centres and Israel.
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122. Borger, Die Inschriften Asarhaddons, p. 103, 1. 23; Luckenbill, Ancient Records, Vol. II, p. 232. 123. Borger, Die Inschriften Asarhaddons, p. 106, 11. 32 34; Luckenbill, Ancient Records, Vol. II, p. 236. 42 Admonition and Curse Nineveh into my presence in order to prevent the violation of the border of their land. '124 Along with the greater interest in treaties we find mention of the enemy making a treaty among themselves: 'They pronounced the oath of the great gods among themselves. They trusted in their own strength.
19(1962), pp. 159-62 (162). 102. Tukulti-Ninurta I made a decree (riksu) for an official. The contents are largely destroyed: E. Weidner, 'Studien zur Zeitgeschichte Tukulti-Ninurtas F, AfO 13(1940), pp. 109-24 (114). 38 Admonition and Curse Mesopotamia in the First Millennium In the earlier part of the first millennium103 the Assyrian annals continue their infrequent references to treaties. 105 The particularly voluminous writings of Ashur-nasir-apli II raise an interesting question. Did Ashur-nasir-apli make treaties and just not mention them?
130 Certainly earlier Assyrian kings had depicted themselves as merciful. However that is part of the general portrayal of the character of the king. 124. Borger, Die Inschriften Asarhaddons, pp. 58-9,11. 26-33; Luckenbill, Ancient Records, Vol. II, p. 210. 125. 50, 11. 26-29; Luckenbill, Ancient Records, Vol. II, p. 206. 126. R. Borger, Beitrage zum Inschriftenwerk Ashurbanipals (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1996), p. 5, A I 21-22; Luckenbill, Ancient Records, Vol. II, p. 291. 127. Borger, Beitrage zum Inschriftenwerk Ashurbanipals, p.
Admonition and Curse: The Ancient Near Eastern Treaty Covenant Form as a Problem in Inter-Cultural Relationships by Noel Weeks