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"Ripping Open Pregnant Women" in Light of an Assyrian Analogue

Mordechai Cogan
Journal of the American Oriental Society
Vol. 103, No. 4 (Oct. - Dec., 1983), pp. 755-757
DOI: 10.2307/602234
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/602234
Page Count: 3
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Abstract

The middle Assyrian "heroic poem" VAT 13833, celebrating the victories of Tiglath-pileser I, includes in its battle scene a reference to the murderous attack upon pregnant women. This singular text is compared to biblical descriptions of this brutal act and reviews the editorial remarks concerning Menahem ben Gadi (2 Kgs 15.16), the only Israelite king to have perpetrated such an atrocity.

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