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The Adoption of the “Adoption” Formula in Biblical Literature

February 4, 2016 @ 2:00 am - 3:00 pm
NELC Seminar Room (Humanities 365), 365 Humanities
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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020416 -- Lecture -- Mandell, Alice

The metaphor of adoption saturates biblical literature, yet there is no discrete adoption law in the Hebrew Bible. This metaphor did not draw upon one particular source or ancient Near Eastern legal tradition, but had a wide range of associations rooted in familial and political life. The performative and ritual nature of adoption in the ancient Near East, too, is central to understanding the evolution of this metaphor and why it is so pervasive in biblical literature.


NELC Seminar Room (Humanities 365)
365 Humanities
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States