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Exodus 21, the Sale of Daughters, and the Cuneiform Sources of Nuzi

In: Vetus Testamentum
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  • 1 Department of History and Philosophy, University of AlcaláAlcalá de Henares (Madrid)Spain
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Abstract

The context and purpose of Exod 21:7–11 has been the subject of much debate. One of the most recent treatments is that of Joseph Fleishman, who suggested that the law did not allude to a father selling his daughter, but to giving her in marriage. To that end, he adduced a number of parallels that included several cuneiform legal documents, such as those of Nuzi, in North Iraq. This contribution attempts to assess the weight of those Nuzian parallels.

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