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Bibil Identifier bibil:202767
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Did a Child's Legal Status in Biblical Israel Depend Upon His Being Acknowledged?
Author Fleishman, Joseph
Journal Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (Volume: 121, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language English
Pages 350-368 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract There is no evidence in the Bible that the concept of acknowledgment of children existed in biblical Israel. The bond between the newborn child and his father determined his legal status. Every child born of a legal union was considered his father's legitimate child. This legal principle seems to have been formulated to avert a situation in which a child would be regarded as fatherless, cut off from a family framework, disinherited and deprived of his rights as son and heir. The child's legal status was independent of his father's acknowledgment.
DOI 10.1515/ZAW.2009.024
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Childhood
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Genres and Forms : Genealogy
Pericopes Deuteronomy 21,15-21,17
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