Flight and Freedom in the Ancient Near East

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Freedom as a value is older than Greece, as evidence from the Ancient Near East shows us through this book. Snell first looks at words for freedom in the Ancient Near East. Then he examines archival texts to see how runaways expressed their interest in freedom in Mesopotamian history. He next examines what elites said about flight and freedom in edicts, legal collections, and treaties. He devotes a chapter to flight in literature and story. He studies freedom in Israel by looking at Biblical terminology and then ...

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Overview

Freedom as a value is older than Greece, as evidence from the Ancient Near East shows us through this book. Snell first looks at words for freedom in the Ancient Near East. Then he examines archival texts to see how runaways expressed their interest in freedom in Mesopotamian history. He next examines what elites said about flight and freedom in edicts, legal collections, and treaties. He devotes a chapter to flight in literature and story. He studies freedom in Israel by looking at Biblical terminology and then practice in narratives and legal collections. In a final chapter Snell traces the descent of ideas about freedom among Jews, Greeks and Christians, and Muslims, concluding that the devotion to freedom may be nearly a human universal.

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Daniel C. Snell, Ph.D. (1975) in Near Eastern Languages, Yale University, is Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. He has published several books on Ancient Near Eastern social and economic history.

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Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The History of Freedom and Getting Away 11
Ch. 2 The Reality of Flight 31
Ch. 3 The Ideology of Flight and Freedom 63
Ch. 4 Flight in Literature and Story 99
Ch. 5 Freedom in Israel 117
Ch. 6 Freedom Beyond Mesopotamians and Greeks 137
App. I Selected Archival Texts on Escape 157
App. II Transliterations of Selected Legal, Treaty, and Canonical texts on Freedom and Escape 171
Bibliography 179
Index 193
Ancient Near Eastern Texts Cited 199
Biblical texts Cited 200
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