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Babylonian and Assyrian Laws, Contracts and Letters [Kindle Edition]

C. H. W. (Claude Hermann Walter) Johns
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  • File Size: 776 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UJOU7Q
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fulfilled my bucket list December 31, 2012
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My first major and my lifelong love is archeology, which is how finding out what was on those clay tablets landed on my bucket list. It was an extra plus to have the analysis and cultural input of someone who read a great deal of them and could shed light on some of the larger picture.
Thought-provoking and enlightening was the handling of slavery. Their system lasted over 1,000 years while the US's foray into it was doomed, lasting only about 5 generations because it was evil and unsustainable.
In their world a father could sell his children into slavery, but a slave was actually an unpaid servant, a level on a continuium that had at least 2 levels of paid servant above it. It appeared people had slaves that were taught a trade and opened a storefront, then the owner just took a percentage of the profits. The slave kept his own house, married, had children and could even save up to buy his freedom. Parents appeared to sell their children into slavery so the children would be fed and clothed; it was a type of welfare. Owners filed documents to adopt their slaves as heirs for their estate. A child with one free parent (either one) was born free.

It borders on humorous that slave sales came with a money-back guarantee.
This book provides an accurate view to Biblical times slavery. I recommend it to anyone wanting a window into a society that functioned pretty much the same for over 1,000 years because it worked; it provided a safety net for the poor, a way up for the ambitious, and fairness in commerce. Its stabiliy bespeaks of a system that is a good fit for human nature, unlike our laws today that change drastically every 15-30 years because we're not getting it right.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars August 23, 2014
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Good text and good explanations.
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