An ethical view of human-animal relations in the ancient Near East

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Exploring the earliest literary evidence for human-animal relations, this volume presents and analyzes biblical and Mesopotamian (Sumerian, Assyrian, and Babylonian) sources from the third millennium BCE through to the consolidation of the biblical literature in the first millennium BCE.
Key Features:
* Provides the first comprehensive study of these texts from an ethical perspective.
* Examines proverbs, popular aphorisms, myths, epic literature, wisdom literature, historiography, prophecy, and law codes.
* Applies methodology from current contemporary biblical and ancient Near Eastern scholarship and human-animal ethics, thereby raising new questions that lead to fresh insights.
An Ethical View of Human Animal-Relations in the Ancient Near East is essential reading for scholars and graduate students of animal ethics, applied ethics and biblical studies. Idan Breier is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel.
Original languageAmerican English
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
Number of pages254
ISBN (Electronic)9783031124044, 3031124049
ISBN (Print)3031124057, 9783031124051
StatePublished - 2022

Publication series

NamePalgrave Macmillan animal ethics series

Bibliographical note

Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Animal welfare -- Middle East -- History -- To 1500
  • Human-animal relationships -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Middle East -- History -- To 1500
  • Middle East -- Antiquities
  • Middle East -- Civilization -- To 622


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