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Judge and Society in Antiquity

Edited by Aaron Skaist and Bernard M. Levinson

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This volume offers a distinctive comparative and interdisciplinary analysis of the relation between law and society in antiquity. It centers on the role of the judge in the administration of law. The judge was required to implement the law, and thereby to shape society; but the norms of society also had a profound impact upon the judge and judicial decisions. The seven articles gathered together in this volume offer a comparative perspective provided by specialists in law selected from the disciplines of Sumerology, Assyriology, Hebrew Bible, and Rabbinics. This rich range of perspectives offers a much broader cultural and diachronic perspective than is normally the case.

The volume was edited by Bernard M. Levinson (University of Minnesota) and Aaron Skaist (Bar Ilan University). Judge and Society in Antiquity appears as a special double issue of the journal MAARAV: A Journal for Northwest Semitic Languages and Literatures.

The articles included represent significant revisions and augmentations of papers originally presented at the third colloquium of the Society for the Study of Ancient Near Eastern Law (convened at Bar Ilan University, 2001). As a condition of acceptance and publication in this volume, the papers went through a formal blind refereeing process. The 173 page volume honors the memory of the great Sumerologist, Dietz Otto Edzard, whose final article is published here posthumously.

The volume will be of interest to specialists in legal history, comparative law, Assyriology, Northwest Semitic, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, and Jewish Studies.

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Publisher: Western Academic Press
Publication date: 2006
Bibliographic info: 173 pages
Language(s): English and German


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