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Bibil Identifier bibil:212723
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Mechanics of Retribution in Hittite, Mesopotamian and Ancient Israelite Sources
Author Feder, Yitzhaq
Journal Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions (Volume: 10, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 119-157 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This paper reevaluates the anthropological theory, still common in Near Eastern studies, that the belief in gods represents a later evolutionary stage which emerged from the more primitive notion of impersonal forces and taboos. Against this conventional view, an analysis of scribal and literary conventions used in Mesopotamian, Hittite and Israelite texts to describe oath-curses and bloodguilt reveals a growing tendency to depict divine retribution as a mechanical or automatic process. In addition to the importance of this study for the anthropological study of religion, it deals with broader questions pertaining to the dependency of cultural explanatory schemes on linguistic and literary conventions.
DOI 10.1163/156921210X538089
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Retribution
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Oaths
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Blood
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Mesopotamia (Elam, Mari, Sumer, Babylon, Assyria) : Mesopotamia (in general) : Literature : Legal Texts : Codes of Laws
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Asia Minor (Hittites, Hurrians) : Hittites : Literature : Legal Texts : Codes of Laws
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