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  • Niels Peter Lemche
    Aug 16, 2010
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      As I said to Liz,

      Take this discussion to where it belongs: Biblical Studies. Discussions about biblical historicity are normally not welcome on this list. And you are already involved in the discussion on biblical studies.

      Niels Peter Lemche

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      Emne: AW: [ANE-2] SV: deportation and repatriation

      The 70 years of exile, Thomas is speaking about, appear also in the prophecy
      of Isaiah 23:15 and 17 about Tyre. This seems to be an important
      Mesopotamian topos, first appearing in biblical works following contacts
      with Assyria. It may have been a current curse in standard contracts with
      Assyria by that time, thus being the real consequence of breaking a contract
      closed with Assyria.

      Thus is the later prophecy of Jeremiah 29:10, 25:11-12 concerning the 70
      year of banishment nothing else than rendering the exact provisions of the
      contract between Judah and Babylon, one of its copies being deposed in the
      temple of Jerusalem. Of course would the punishment come from Yahweh, since
      he is the one to implement the curses of the contract on Judean side. The
      attempts to hinder the accession of Jeremiah to the temple are to be seen in
      this context. Yahweh, as the one to punish Judah for breaking the contract,
      would return his grace to his people after punishing it, as according to the

      My father taught me to read attentively each time the lowercased text in a
      contract, for eventually hidden provisions.


      Michael Bányai


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      Thomas L. Thompson
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      Although the motifs are variant, one might also think of Esarhaddon's
      "biography" in which Babylon is punished by the gods with a (the?) flood and
      the people exiled. After a serendipitous 11 years (reversing a divinely
      cursed exile of 70 years with the help of cuneiform's wonderful
      orthography), Esarhaddon is called by the gods to reunite people, gods and

      Thomas L Thompson
      Professor emeritus, University of Copenhagen

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      Thomas L. Thompson [tlt@... <mailto:tlt%40teol.ku.dk> ]
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      Yes, Assurbanipal II in one "deportation" text (ANET?) refers to bringing
      the people of a town in Lebanon back to their homes and I believe there are
      a few comparable texts.

      Because of a discussion -- a seminar -- on the Biblical Studies list:

      Do we have other examples from the ANE of repatriation of deported people,
      apart from the one in the Old Testament? (this is not a discussion about the
      historicity of that event--if that had been the case, I would not have
      brought it up here).

      I know of repatriation of abducted gods from Babylonian tradition, but of
      human beings?

      Niels Peter Lemche


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