The Aramaic 'Fugitive' Decree: A New Interpretation

This paper presents a new interpretation of the so-called "Fugitive" Degree, 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...

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Published in:Aramaic studies
Main Author: Bhayro, Siam 1973-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Brill 2008
In: Aramaic studies
Year: 2008, Volume: 6, Issue: 1, Pages: 1-15
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Arameans / Inscription / Babylonia
IxTheo Classification:BC Ancient Orient; religion
HH Archaeology
TC Pre-Christian history ; Ancient Near East
Further subjects:B Neo-Assyrian AKKADIAN EPIGRAPHY LABOUR MIGRATION
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Summary:This paper presents a new interpretation of the so-called "Fugitive" Degree, 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.
ISSN:1745-5227
Contains:In: Aramaic studies
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1163/147783508X371268