Mohr Siebeck recently announced the publication of Law and Narrative in the Bible and in Neighbouring Ancient Cultures (ed. Klaus-Peter Adam, Friedrich Avemarie (+) and Nili Wazana). Here’s the blurb:

Law is not only conveyed in codified clauses; it is often featured as a pivotal topic in literary texts. Existing legal relationships can determine the historical or the fictive setting of a drama or a plot, narratives can propagate laws or demonstrate their inherent problems. Literature can be used as an integral part of a strategy to implement legally justified demands, it can aim at correcting or even at denouncing legal rules. The authors of this volume examine literary and functional texts from the bible, the Ancient Near East, early Judaism and classical antiquity. They choose from the fields of constitutional law, litigation, family law, property and inheritance law, damages, punishment, privilege and maintenance.

And here’s the table of contents:

Cornelia Wunsch : Legal Narrative in the Neo-Babylonian Trial Documents: Text Reconstruction, Interpretation, and Assyriological Method

Wolfgang Oswald : Die Exodus-Gottesberg-Erzählung als Gründungsurkunde der judäischen Bürgergemeinde – Udo Rüterswörden : Gesetz und Erzählung anhand der Josephsgeschichte

Nili Wazana : “For an Impaled Body is a Curse of God” (Deut 21:23): Impaled Bodies in Biblical Law and Conquest Narratives

Klaus-Peter Adam : A Didactic Case Narrative on Homicide Law: 1 Samuel 26

Rachel Magdalene : The Reader as Judge in the Book of Job: Interpretation and the Narrativity of Case Law

Joachim Hengstl : Rechtliche Anliegen in biblischen Schilderungen. Methodische Gesichtspunkte

Susanne Gödde : Recht ohne Gesetz? Szenarien der Rechtssprechung bei Homer, Hesiod und Aischylos
Stefan Krauter : Rechtsnorm und Beispielerzählung im Dienste der Überzeugung. M. Tullius Cicero, De domo sua ad pontifices

Beate Ego: “Diejenigen, welche die Wahrheit tun, werden Gelingen haben in ihren Werken” (Tob 4,6). “Law” und “narrative” im Buch Tobit

Cana Werman: Narrative in the Service of Halakha: Abraham, Prince Mastema, and the Paschal Offering in Jubilees

Lutz Doering: Reinheit und Tempel. Ein Beitrag zum Verhältnis von Law und Narrative im Jubiläenbuch

Tal Ilan : Babatha the Killer-Wife: Literature, Folk Religion and Documentary Papyri

Catherine Hezser : Orality, Textuality, and Memory in the Transmission of Rabbinic Legal Narratives

Lukas Bormann : Das Lukasevangelium als tragische Geschichtserzählung vom Zusammenbruch der Rechtsgemeinschaft des Judentums in Galiläa und Judäa

Douglas A. Hume : “Sharing All Things in Common”: Narrative, Alienation, and the Friendship Ethos in Acts 2:41–47 and 4:32–35

Eyal Regev : The Gradual Conversion of Gentiles in Acts and Luke’s Paradox of the Gentile Mission

Friedrich Avemarie : The Apostolic Decree and the Jewishness of Luke’s Paul: On the Narrative Function of Acts 15:23–29


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