This article, co-authored with Jeremy Hutton was written for a special issue of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel on ‘Epigraphy, Theory, and the Bible’. In it we and I analyse the way that the Tell Fekheriyeh inscription’s A text translates an Akkadian source text into Aramaic, arguing that it adopts a largely isomorphic style of translation and only occasionally uses dynamic replacement sets. We then apply these findings to the relationship between Deuteronomy and the Succession Treaty of Esarhaddon, and conclude that the relationship between these two texts looks nothing like relationship between the Akkadian and Aramaic counterparts of Tell Fekheriyeh A.
Whatever Deuteronomy’s relationship with the Succession Treaty might be, translation isn’t it.
Sound familiar? This essay builds on my work in Israel and the Assyrians. It also turned out that an article just wasn’t enough…