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Cohen et al. ), Birkat Shalom. Studies in the Bible, Ancient Near Eastern Literature, and Postbiblical Judaism Presented to Shalom Paul on the Occasion of His Seventieth Birthday (Winona Lake, 2008), pp. 943–963. literary-critical issues in the hebrew bible 15 Unfortunately, with regard to the Biblical text, answers to these questions are not ascertainable due to the lack of textual witnesses to the successive editorial stages, and in most cases, we are left with speculation. However, I suggest that an analysis of the editorial stages of other ANE texts may contribute to our attempt to understand similar processes related to the Biblical text.

28 In the context of warfare, this institution implies that the booty taken in a military victory must be separated by qualifying it as dedicated to the victorious god. 29 The herem-institution was also known in Moab. In his inscription, Mesha mentions that after his conquest of Nebo: seven thousand native men, foreign men, native women, for[eign] women, and concubines – for I devoted it (‫ )החרמתה‬to Ashtar-Kemosh. s. 31 The antecedent of the pronominal suffix is the city of Nebo and the booty taken by Mesha.

The document under consideration was sealed in the presence of Kurbanni-Marduk, chief administrator (šatammu) of the Eanna temple, and of Rimanni, royal commissioner in the same sanctuary. The names of three witnesses follow. The document itself was drafted by the Eanna scribe Nādin of the Egibi family, who is attested in many texts of the same archives. So who was this Ardiya, the protagonist of the document under consideration? He is referred to in several documents from the same archives and sometimes is additionally designated a descendant of a certain Nabû-šarhi-ili.

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