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By John Sassoon

Provocatively juxtaposes written legislations from 4000 years in the past with state-of-the-art.

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In a world where security is the first consideration, in your world, Atu, what mattered most was that the judge must decide, the case must be disposed of and the conflict go away rather than hang around and fester. Ninkuzu came to your court legally a slave but contending that she was free; the court did not reach the truth, and she left it a slave for life. In our world, we are constantly reminded, by the example of judges who take that road, that a decision which defies the truth is the one that hangs around and festers.

Finkelstein. THE LAWS OF ESHNUNNA The laws of the Akkadian city of Eshnunna. They date from about 1975BC , just after the destruction of Ur. There are sixty-one detectable laws of which fifty-nine are decipherable. They are written in Akkadian and translated by Albrecht Goetze. THE LAWS OF LIPIT- ISHTAR Lipit-Ishtar was the fifth king of the dynasty, and city, of Isin. 1934 to 1924BC . It was in Isin that Sumerian civilisation lingered on after the destruction of Ur in about 2000BC . These laws date from about 1930BC and there are thirty-eight detectable laws, of which twenty-two are decipherable.

And yes, I am sad that you have abandoned religion . . you have lost much there that you cannot well do without . ’ ‘If no one nowadays fears the priest, Atu, that is partly because our science has enabled us to explain so many mysteries that the unexplained is no longer inexplicable. Religion can survive defiance but not an explanation. Our science has not taken the mystery out of life but it has removed the area of remaining mystery to a territory so remote that ordinary minds cannot get there.

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