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Bibil Identifier bibil:202805
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Recognition of Children in Ancient Near Eastern Law (Part One)
Author Fleishman, Joseph
Journal Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages (Volume: 35, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language English
Pages 63-91 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In the first part of this study, we investigated whether in Mesopotamian law a spouse's natural child was considered legitimate at birth or needed to be recognized as such by his father, and whether in the absence of such recognition the child would be denied legitimacy. The former possibility would imply that the child's legal status was determined by law, and the father has no say in the matter, while the latter possibility would indicate that the newborn's legal status was at the father's discretion. Analyzing literary sources, and legal documents, we attempted to prove that a natural child's legal status was not contingent on his father's recognition, but was contingent on two conditions: 1) The child was the natural offspring of his father; 2) the child's parents had a spousal relationship.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Mesopotamia (Elam, Mari, Sumer, Babylon, Assyria) : Mesopotamia (in general) : Literature : Legal Texts
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Childhood
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