BiographyRamos has a PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from UCLA, and an MPhil in Religious Studies from Cambridge University. Her areas of research center on the Hebrew Bible, the book of Deuteronomy, ritual studies, Northwest Semitic inscriptions, treaties and curses.
Published: Apr 09, 2021 by ZAW
Authors: Melissa Ramos
Subjects: Religion, Middle East Studies, Archaeology, Applied Linguistics
An examination of Aramaic curses from the Iron Age and two texts from biblical law demonstrates striking and robust parallels in thematic content, vocabulary, and syntactical formulation. The similar pattern of the curses and geographic distribution suggest that a shared tradition of formulaic curse language was part of the training of Aramaic-language scribes and practitioners from the Neo-Assyrian Empire who were sent to peripheral states to facilitate administration.