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Law Collections from Mesopotamia and Asia Minor, Second Edition Paperback – 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0788503788 ISBN-10: 0788503782 Edition: 2nd

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  • Series: Dissertation Series / Society of Biblical Literature (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Society of Biblical Literature; 2 edition (1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0788503782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0788503788
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...a must for students interested in the ancient Near East and law. -- Religious Studies Review

...highly recommended to every student of the Bible and the ancient Near East. -- Journal of Semitic Studies

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
Roth presents the Sumerian and Akkadian texts of the various law codes from Mesopotamia, translating clearly and indexing by legal categories. Chapter on Hittite laws (Asia Minor, c. 1650 BC) was written by Harry Hoffner, whose recent scientific edition "Laws of the Hittites. A Critical Edition" is published by Brill in 1997. Separate indexes for the Hittite laws. Excellent background for understanding Biblical laws.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John O. Freed on February 28, 2009
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This work contains translations of all the known "law codes" in the Sumerian, Akkadian and Hittite languages. The book has a transliteration of the text on the left hand side of the page and an English translation on the right hand side of the page. Additionally, the book contains very useful glossaries and an excellent bibliography.

The texts included in this volume are: "The Laws of Ur-Nammu", "The Laws of Lipit-Ishtar", "The Laws of Eshunna", "Hammurabi's Law Code", "Middle Assyrian Laws", Middle Assyrian Palace Decrees" and "Hittite Laws" among others.

The book is a simply published volume, in paperback and with a glued spine which, unfortunately, does not allow the book to be opened flat.

I recommend this volume if you are interested in Mesopotamian literature or if you are learning Sumerian, Akkadian or Hittite. Since the transliterations are included, this book can be used as a source of more advanced translation practice for students of any of these languages.
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By Benjamin on November 7, 2014
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LiDonnici’s book is poorly written, poorly edited, and frequently factually inaccurate. The numerous errors, mis-citations, and mistranslations – not to mention a general sloppiness of argument – make this book a liability to the field of ancient history. Its deficiencies should be equally damning within religious studies.

First and foremost, it needs to be noted that the thesis of her book (and of her 1992 article), that the temple inscriptions are the result of a process of compilation and redaction, was put forward clearly by Herzog in his 1931 Die Wunderheilungen von Epidauros. On page 56 of this book, following a discussing pinakes and votive offerings in other sanctuaries, he proposes "[es] ist a priori anzunehmen, daß auch bei dem Vorbild aller Sammlungen, den epidaurischen Iamata, solche pinakes als Quellen dienten." Not only does L. not cite this passage of Herzog that supports her thesis (a thesis he takes as a given), but she also persistently mis-quotes and mis-cites him. In those cases where she bothers to give a page reference, it is with disturbing frequency incorrect, e.g., notes 30, "55, n.12" for "51, n.12"; 55, "46-8" for 55-9"; 56, "58 for 59”.

In her efforts to reinvent the wheel, LiDonnici has also put forward her own translation of the Epidaurian temple record, despite there being various English translations already available. Rather than correct the few errors in the Edelstein & Edelstein edition, she has reproduced those (curiously so, as she does not cite theirs as the basis for her translation), and introduced a number of her own errors, such as translating daktulion (ring) as 'fingers' in W62, p. 127.

Setting aside her difficulties with Greek, LiDonnici’s English is problematic.
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By Michael D. Fiorello on December 7, 2014
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I found this book to be exceedingly helpful in understanding ANE law codes.
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