chapter  7
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MAL (Middle Assyrian Laws)

WithIlan Peled

This chapter deals with the laws concerning gender relations in Middle Assyria. One of the laws states that If a woman, whether a man’s wife or a man’s daughter, enters a temple, steals anything of the sanctuary from the temple and the theft is discovered by her or they prove her guilty and convict her, then they shall perform a divination, they shall consult the deity, and they shall treat her according to what the deity instructs them to do. Another law states that If a woman, either a man’s wife or a man’s daughter, says a disgraceful thing, or utters blasphemy, then that woman shall bear her penalty; they shall not lay a claim against her husband, her sons (or) her daughters.