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The Aramaic 'Fugitive' Decree: A New Interpretation

The Aramaic 'Fugitive' Decree: A New Interpretation <jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>This paper presents a new interpretation of the so-called 'Fugitive' Decree, suggesting that it is concerned with setting migrants to work rather than apprehending a miscreant. It is based on an attempt to take into account the underlying Akkadian (Neo-Assyrian) terminology, to appreciate the overall structure and syntax of the text and to reflect the socio-political situation in Babylonia during the Neo-Assyrian period. It also makes a tentative claim that the text's terminology reflects the different settlement patterns of the agriculturalist Chaldeans and pastoralist Aramaeans.</jats:p> </jats:sec> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aramaic Studies Brill

The Aramaic 'Fugitive' Decree: A New Interpretation

Aramaic Studies , Volume 6 (1): 1 – Jan 1, 2008

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Publisher
Brill
Copyright
© 2008 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1477-8351
eISSN
1745-5227
DOI
10.1163/147783508X371268
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Abstract

<jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>This paper presents a new interpretation of the so-called 'Fugitive' Decree, suggesting that it is concerned with setting migrants to work rather than apprehending a miscreant. It is based on an attempt to take into account the underlying Akkadian (Neo-Assyrian) terminology, to appreciate the overall structure and syntax of the text and to reflect the socio-political situation in Babylonia during the Neo-Assyrian period. It also makes a tentative claim that the text's terminology reflects the different settlement patterns of the agriculturalist Chaldeans and pastoralist Aramaeans.</jats:p> </jats:sec>

Journal

Aramaic StudiesBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2008

Keywords: NEO-ASSYRIAN; AKKADIAN; EPIGRAPHY; LABOUR; MIGRATION

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