S. M. Paul, "Adoption Formulae: A Study of Cuneiform and Biblical
Legal Clauses", Maarav 2/2 (1979-80), 173-185. - Family metaphors
are used in the Ancient Near East to express political ties, such as the
royal grant, or promissory covenant, prominent in suzerain-vassal relations.
The formula of adoption, similarly, is found in the Bible in relation to
the Davidic succession (2 Sam. 7) and more generally to express the
bond between God and Israel. The author gathers examples of adoption formulae
found in the Ancient Near East, and compares them with biblical terminology.
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