Security for Debt in Ancient Near Eastern Law

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Raymond Westbrook, Richard Lewis Jasnow
BRILL, 2001 - Law - 360 pages
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Creditors have always sought the protection of the law to secure themselves against loss if the debtor cannot or will not pay the debt. This volume examines the legal instruments of security available to creditors in the earliest known legal systems, their use and abuse, and the ways in which the law sought to satisfy the differing interests of creditors, debtors, and society in general, with varying degrees of success. The book covers all the major legal systems of the ancient Near East, from Sumer to Ptolemaic Egypt, as well as comparative historical developments up to the present day. Twelve scholars have each contributed a study of their special period of expertise, while the general issues that arise from their research are discussed in a concluding chapter.
 

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Contents

EDWARD TOMLINSON Comparative Historical Perspectives
5
RICHARD JASNOW PreDemotic Pharaonic Sources
35
PIOTR STEINKELLER The Ur III Period
47
RAYMOND WESTBROOK The Old Babylonian Period
63
KLAAS VEENHOF The Old Assyrian Period
93
KATHLEEN ABRAHAM The Middle Assyrian Period
161
Carlo Zaccagnini Nuzi
223
Aaron Skaist Emar
237
Tikva FrymerKensky Israel
251
Karen Radner The NeoAssyrian Period
265
Joachim Oelsner The NeoBabylonian Period
289
Joseph Manning Demotic Papyri
307
Terms
357
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Raymond Westbrook, Ph.D. (1982) in Assyriology, Yale University, is Professor of Ancient Law at the Johns Hopkins University. He has published extensively on biblical, cuneiform, and Roman law. Richard Jasnow, Ph.D. (1988) in Egyptology, University of Chicago, is Associate Professor of Egyptology at the Johns Hopkins University. His latest publication is "Oriental Institute Hawara Papyri" (with George Hughes).

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