Israel in the Time of Kings:
Social Structures and Social
K. C. Hanson
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The Political Economy in Ancient Israel
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Richard S. Hess,
"The Book of Joshua as Land Grant,"
Biblica 83 (2002) 493506.
Abstract: Despite a variety of attempted identifications of the book of Joshua, or portions of it, with other ancient Near Eastern legal documents, the form of the royal land grant remains the closest of those studied in terms of structure and content. In particular, the form of this type of document, as illustrated in the archive of the Middle Bronze Age site of Alalakh, provides an important and useful set of parallels with those found in the sixth book of the Bible. The essay considers the strengths and weaknesses of identifying the book of Joshua in this manner, as well as its implications for the interpretation of the book. In addition, the origin of these documents in the West Semitic world invites consideration of a specific genre or literary type that flourished in those cultures and perhaps provided a link for related documents in the Mesopotamian and Mediterranean worlds.
Merodach-baladan IIKing of Babylon (722710, 703702 BCE), providing a land grant to a client
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