Nuzi and 'Writings from the Ancient World'

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Denise | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Sep 1 2020 8:05 AM

Another post for Logosians who enjoy the journey. And Logos does deliver.

Nuzi was a late-Bronze villiage in northern Iraq. If you did time in Iraq, it's about 8 miles south of Kirkuk, with its 'mother' town, ancient Kirkuk. It met its demise, with Assyria breaking away from Mittani and Nuzi caught in-between. Hmmm ... sounds familiar, except opposite direction.

Nuzi is curious, because its ancient records weren't just concentrated in palaces or religious locations. They were spread out into everyday places. And if you like to visualize, the location tagging is quite useful. Nuzi, also, was quickly related to Abram and early Ur (more often down-played today). The records also refer to 'hapiru' (Egyptian referenced too), and what hapiru had to do to survive.

Some curious-ities:

- Nuzi had to contribute military to the mother-ship. It had 2 units, which included about 50 chariots, and bow/arrow expertise. The curiousity is the size of Nuzi ... about 600 acres or what Americans could homestead  (small farm). Where'd they put the chariots?? And chariot horses aren't normal farm horses ... how'd they train?

- The process demonstrates how richie-riches could get land belonging to the poor. When you read the OT prophets, it rings a bell. The legal system was the friend of the monied.

- These volumes, and the set, intensionally try to 'explain things' .... they're not the usual source/discussion lists. You get a good feel for what you're looking at. Fun reading.

Anyway, individually, the volumes are inexpensive (the notes volumes best):

https://www.logos.com/product/171224/nuzi-texts-and-their-uses-as-historical-evidence-notes?ssi=0 

And the two sets (both currently on sale):

https://www.logos.com/search?query=Writings%20from%20the%20Ancient%20World&ssi=0&sortBy=Relevance&limit=30&page=1&ownership=all&geographicAvailability=all

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Veli Voipio | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Sep 1 2020 10:47 AM

Denise:
Nuzi, also, was quickly related to Abram and early Ur (more often down-played today).

Cyrus Gordon and his followers (and me) think Abraham lived around 14th century, which is close to the period of these Nuzi tablets.

I have read some text translations some years ago, but this seems to be a relatively new book, 2010. I plan to buy it in a few minutes.

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Sep 1 2020 11:02 AM

Well, I'd say most Bible-readers can't quote the verses that support your conclusion (limited generations between Abraham and Moses). I'm sure your thinking spreads considerably beyond that.

Coincidentally, another thread yesterday was discussing Gesenius' grammar. Re-reading his intro, he opined about aging the hebrew. And his comments matched my neural-nets' hebrew-aging. The nets could never quite pin down Genesis, especially the Abraham narritives.

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Ben | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Sep 1 2020 11:23 AM

These are good sets, from SBL. 

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Mark | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Sep 1 2020 4:21 PM

Thanks for bringing these resources to our attention

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