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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

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

Shawn W. Flynn

Oxford University Press

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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