Bovine spatial intelligence in Hittite and Biblical literature

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The Late Bronze Age Šunaššura treaty (CTH 41) employs an unusual political metaphor, "the cattle have chosen their stables", to refer to the leanings and loyalties of contested vassal kings. This study employs bovine ethology to understand the lived reality behind the metaphor. This background sheds light on similar political imagery concerning cattle behaviour in the ark narrative of 1 Sam 6 and the opening oracle of the Book of Isaiah (1:3)
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)17-23
JournalJournal of Northwest Semitic Languages
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2014


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