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Children in Ancient Israel: The Hebrew Bible and Mesopotamia in Comparative Perspective

Shawn W. Flynn


Flynn contributes to the emerging field of childhood studies in the Hebrew Bible by isolating stages of a child’s life and, through a comparative perspective, studies the place of children in the domestic cult and their relationship to the deity in that cult. The study gathers data relevant to different stages of a child’s life from a plethora of Mesopotamian materials (prayers, myths, medical texts, rituals), and uses that data as an interpretive lens for Israelite texts about children at similar stages such as: pre-born children, the birth stage, breast feeding, adoption, slavery, children’s ... More

Keywords: children in ancient Near East, comparative history, Israelite religion, domestic cult, household religion, popular religion, YHWH cult, child sacrifice, breastfeeding, adoption contracts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198784210
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198784210.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shawn W. Flynn, author
Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at St. Joseph's College, University of Alberta, and the Academic Dean of the College.