Monday, September 8, 2014

New Release: Holtz, "Neo-Babylonian Trial Records"

The Society of Biblical Literature has just published a new collection of Neo-Babylonian Trial Records, compiled and contextualized by Shalom E. Holtz (Yeshiva University). The Society explains:
This collection of sixth-century B.C.E. Mesopotamian texts provides a close-up, often dramatic, view of ancient courtroom encounters shedding light on Neo-Babylonian legal culture and daily life. In addition to the legal texts, Holtz provides an introduction to Neo-Babylonian social history, archival records, and legal materials. This is an essential resource for scholars interested in the history of law.
Excerpts from the book's introductory material are available here.