Toro, Benjamin (2011)
M.Phil. thesis, University of Birmingham.
This project seeks to study the first expression of Israelite literature which would was elaborated under the shadow of the Neo-Assyrian cultural influence. This occurred approximately between the 9th to 8th centuries BCE, before a transformation triggered off by theological viewpoints held in the southern kingdom of Judah between the 7th to 6th centuries BCE. Thus, we shall be considering the first eleven chapters of Genesis, consisting primarily of Hebrew myth, with a view to identifying Neo- Assyrian influence in the Israelite narrative. The Neo-Assyrian Empire was at the peak of its power between the 9th and 7th centuries BCE. The northern kingdom of Israel became the most important loyal vassal and also the most favored for this Mesopotamian Empire by some cuneiforms sources. Perhaps, due to the Neo-Assyrian influences, the northern kingdom of Israel developed the full complement of the criteria of statehood with a developed bureaucracy in the administration, a sophisticated economic system of credit and records, an impressive building activity and a powerful military development. Considering these records, it is possible to assume an important Neo-Assyrian cultural influence in the elaboration of the first examples of Israelite literature, but the problem lies in trying to find them, or some of their traces, within the biblical narratives. This is the very objective of this dissertation.
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