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Bibil Identifier bibil:205259
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Absalom's Chariot and Fifty Runners (II Sam 15,1) and Hittite Laws §198
Title (French, ) Legal Proceedings in the Ancient Near East
Author Malul, Meir
Journal Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (Volume: 122, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Year (Second publication) 2010
Language English
Pages 44-52 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract On the basis of a few Hittite sources, which allude to the place of the king's cart and attendants in some legal proceedings, it is suggested that the pericope II Sam 15,1–6, although cast in the form of a casual narrative depicting Absalom's regal pomp and manoeuvres to press his claim to the throne, reflects in fact the outlines of royal legal proceedings. It is shown that the pericope is strewn with various technical terms from the realm of legal proceedings, and these include the royal cart and the fifty runners, which seem to have played a defined role in such legal proceedings presided over by the king in ancient times, as well as the (ratifying) kiss and the bow mentioned in v. 5. Absalom thus seems to be underlining thereby one of the main roles of the king in ancient times – that of the supreme judge.
DOI 10.1515/ZAW.2010.004
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Asia Minor (Hittites, Hurrians) : Hittites : Literature : Legal Texts : Codes of Laws
Pericopes 2 Samuel 15,1
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