Saturday, August 04, 2018

Moses, Sargon, and what people are saying about Deuteronomy

The Impact of Sargon & Enheduanna on Land Rights in Deuteronomy Preliminary Report

Continuing work in my long-ago Deuteronomy and City Life (1983) and my recent Social World of Deuteronomy: a new feminist commentary (2015) and Land Rights of Women in Deuteronomy (2017), here I propose that Birth Stories of Moses parallel Birth Stories of Sargon to compare the way land rights were distributed in Akkad by Sargon and the woman Enheduanna with the way Moses and the women in Deuteronomy distributed land rights in ancient Israel. This paradigm suggests that the intention of Deuteronomy is to describe a utopia, where ownership, administrative and use rights are responsibly distributed as instructions on the maqom sanctuary (12: 2-28), tithing (14:22–29), pilgrimaging (16:1–17) and unresolved killings (19:1–13) reflect.

See Also: Land Rights of Women in Deuteronomy

By Don C. Benjamin
School of Historical, Philosophical & Religious Studies
Arizona State University
July 2018
This article is presented as a rather technical study involving Sumerian epic. But it opens with a quite accessible discussion of the current scholarly state of the question about the Book of Deuteronomy.

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