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Children in Ancient IsraelThe Hebrew Bible and Mesopotamia in Comparative Perspective$
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Shawn W. Flynn

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198784210

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198784210.001.0001

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The Value of Ancient Children

The Value of Ancient Children

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(p.1) 1 The Value of Ancient Children
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Children in Ancient Israel
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Shawn W. Flynn

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198784210.003.0001

This chapter reviews previous scholarship on children in the Hebrew Bible and identifies successes and common methods, but also some gaps. Children have rarely been considered a valid interpretive lens for elucidating biblical texts. No study has yet undertaken to examine the stages of a child’s life. While many of the historically based studies begin to suggest discussions of a child’s value, they do not explore those further. To begin the discussion, the chapter takes a linguistic analysis of terms for children both in Mesopotamian literature and the Hebrew Bible to begin framing the stages while demonstrating the fruits of the comparative methods.

Keywords:   childhood studies, comparative method, Hebrew Bible, Mesopotamian literature, life stages

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