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4,000-Year-Old Assyrian Marriage Contract Discovery Mirrors Biblical Abraham and Hagar

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz : Nov 17, 2017 : Breaking Israel News

The tablet was discovered at the Kültepe-Kanesh UNESCO World Heritage site in Turkey's central Kayseri Province.

(Israel) — [Breaking Israel News] A recently published study presented a 4,000-year-old cuneiform tablet that was an Assyrian marriage contract closely resembling the arrangement between Abraham and Hagar but with significant differences. Some media, apparently more well-versed in pagan practices than the Bible, have made some seriously flawed conclusions about the discovery, while researchers missed some glaring revelations the Bible could have offered in their archaeological study. (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons/ Breaking Israel News)

The baked clay tablet is a Mesopotamian marriage contract between a man and woman named Laqipum and Hatala. As part of the prenuptial agreement, the husband was allowed the option of employing the help of a surrogate mother if the couple failed to conceive a baby two years after the date of marriage.

"The female slave would be freed after giving birth to the first male baby and ensuring that the family is not left without a child," Professor Ahmet Berkız Turp from Harran University's Gynecology and Obstetrics Department said to …

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