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HAMMOND, HENRY: English Biblical critic; b. at Chertsey (19 m. w.s.w. of London), Surrey, Aug. 18, 1605 d. at Westwood (6 m. n. of Worces­ter), Worcestershire, Apr. 25, 1660. He was edu­cated at Eton and at Magdalen College, Oxford (B.A., 1622; M.A., 1625; B.D., 1634; D.D., 1639), was elected a fellow of his college in 1625, and was presented with the living of Penshurst, Kent, in 1633. In 1640 he became a member of convocation, and in 1643 archdeacon of Chichester and a nominal member of the Westminster Assembly. The same year he helped to raise a troop of cavalry for the king's service, and when a reward of £100 was offered for his arrest, left Penshurst for Oxford, where he devoted himself to study. He was chap­lain to the royal commissioners at the conference at Uxbridge (Jan. 30, 1645), at which he held a dis­pute with Richard Vives. A few months later he was made canon of Christ Church, Oxford, and chaplain to Charles I., and elected public orator of his university. He attended the king during his captivity until Christmas, 1647, when Charles was


Hamuaurabi and His Code

deprived of all his royal attendants. Returning to Oxford he was made subdean of Christ Church, but was quickly removed by the parliamentary visitors and thrown into prison for ten weeks. Afterward he resided in quasi‑confinement in the house of Sir Philip Warwick at Clapham, Bedfordshire, till early in 1650, when, having gained his liberty, he removed to Westwood, Worcestershire. He died just on the eve of his elevation to the see of Worces­ter. He was a man of great self‑denial, a tireless student, and an excellent preacher. Charles I. con­sidered him the most natural orator he had ever heard. His most important works are: A Practical Catechism (Oxford, 1644; 15th ed., London, 1715); A Paraphrase and Annotations upon . . the New Testament (London, 1653; new ed., 4 vols., Oxford, 1845); and A Paraphrase and Annotations do the Book o f Psalms (London, 1659; new ed., 2 vols., Oxford, 1850). His Works were edited by W. Ful­man (4 vols., London, 1674‑‑84), and his Miscel­laneous Theological Works were edited in the Library of Anglo‑Catholic Theology by N. Pocock (3 vols. Oxford, 1847‑50).

I. Hammurabi.

The Name. Identification with Amraphel (§ 1).

His Date (§ 2).

His Reign (§ 3).

II. The Code.

Description of the Stele (§ 1).

Contents of the Inscription (§ 2).

Character of the Legislation and Penalties (§ 3).

Legal Status of Woman (§ 4).

The Laws not New (§ 5).

Relation to Pentateuchal Codes (§ 6).

I. Hammurabi was sixth king of the first dynasty of Babylon. The name is taken as a compound of

`Ammo and rabi, " (the god) Ammu is i. The flame. great." In the Assyrian period the

Identifica‑ name was not understood and was mis­tion with translated Kimta‑rapastum, " great of

Amraphel. family " or " the family is noble." This fact is a strong reenforeement of the argument for the foreign origin of the dynasty. By Assyriologists Hammurabi is quite generally identified with the Amraphel of Gen. xiv., though the final syllable of the latter word is hard to ac­count for on philological grounds and some scholars dispute the identification. Apologetic ends, which have been a considerable element in the discussion, are not well served by the identification since the generally received date for this king (2250 B.C.) and the asserted contemporaneity with Abraham introduce serious difficulties into the Hebrew narra­tive. A millennium must on this basis have elapsed between Abraham and the Exodus, a gap impossible to fill with the Biblical material. As to the geneal­ogy of the dynasty, it is noteworthy that neither Hammurabi, his son, nor his great‑grandson trace their descent from Sumu‑abi, the first king of the dynasty, but derive it from Sumula‑ilu, the second king. This fact is interpreted as suggesting that the second king was a usurper.

The date of the reign is disputed, being placed as early as 2340 B.C., and as late as c. 1900 B.C. For the date about 2250 B.C. the most direct testimony is derived from the statement of Aashurbanipal in

650‑649 B.C. that Kudur‑nahunti carried away to Elam an image of Nana 1,635 years earlier, i.e.,

2285‑84 B.C. This tallies well with the 2. His known fact that just before Hammu‑

Date. rabi's reign the Elamites had conquered

Eastern Babylonia under a Kudur­Mabug, who probably belonged to that dynasty or at least to its time. Kudur‑Mabug's son was the Rim‑Sin or Eri‑Aku whom Hammurabi subdued in the thirtieth year of his reign. Less reliable but somewhat confirmatory is the fixing by Stephanos of Byzantium of the foundation of Babylon 1,002 years before the siege of Troy, the latter date being fixed by Hellanikos at 1229 B.C. The date given by Nabonidus, 700 years before Burnaburiash, is uncertain, both because it is a round number, and because there were several kings named Burna­buriash. Ifit were the correspondent of Ameno­phis III., it would place Hammurabi about 2150 B.C. (see AMARNA Tesnwrs). Later dates are ob­tained by attempted rectification of the Chronicle and the King‑list (see AssymA, VI., 1; BABY­LoNxA, VI., 1, § 1‑2). As to the length of Ham­murabi's reign the two sources just named do not agree, the former assigning him forty‑three years and the latter fifty‑five. The difference is perhaps to be explained by the fact that some of the years had two names .and were counted in the King‑list as separate years. The Chronicle gives an abstract of the events of thirty‑eight years of his reign, the other years being lost.

The sources of knowledge of this king and his reign, besides those mentioned above, are fifty‑five letters written to his vassal Sin‑iddinam of Larsa; directions to various officials; his great inscrip­tions, ten in number; the prologue and epilogue to his Code; and a long series of business documents of the period. As a result of this mass of material a much clearer view of his times is obtained than of those of any early Babylonian ruler after Naram‑Sin.

The tenor of the earlier documents of his reign and of the prologue and epilogue agree with the im­plications of the Chronicle that the first part of his reign was passed not in warlike operations but in works defensive, religious, and administrative. These consisted in the building of fortresses and city walls, in the erection and decoration of temples

and providing them with images and 3. His endowments, in building granaries and

Reign. digging canals (some of them of impor‑

tance, connecting the cities with the great streams), and in locating his people on lands thus reclaimed from the swamps. The change from this kind of activity to operations of war must have taken place about the thirtieth year of his reign, since the Elamite Rim‑Sin ruled in Larsa till that time. It is not likely that the latter was tributary during any part of his rule, for the conflict was san­guinary and apparently final which terminated the Elamitic rule, and Sin‑iddinam was Hammurabi's representative in Larsa thereafter. In succeeding years Hammurabi conducted further and successful operations against Elam, thus removed the great menace to the stability of his kingdom, and left a heritage of peace to his successors. The occupation by the Elamites had been disastrous, since Hammu‑

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rabi was compelled as a result to collect the scattered folk and preserve them from famine and desolation. By the end of his reign he was king of all Babylonia, Assyria, Martu or Syria, and probably of the region between. The records of the times exhibit him as a wise administrator. The many notes for direction of affairs still extant reveal him discharging with effectiveness and decision the public business. His letters to Sin‑iddina, dealing, with,practical matters of administration, are clear, brief, and to the point. The hearing of causes by him is a fact referred to several times in extant documents. Several of the tablets make evident that the corv6e was in force and thoroughly systematized. The public works were at least in part carried on by forced labbr, and it is known that supplies for the support of the laborers might' be commandeered. That Hammu­rabi gave a great impulse to literature is much in evidence. It is most likely that the epics which have to do with Marduk were worked over at this time in the interest of the elevation of that god to the supreme place in the pantheon. The religious character of Hammurabi is beyond di:9pute; he was zealous in maintaining the religious institutions and in inculcating respect for the gods. In view of the times it is not surprising that he was deified and that ilu, °° the god," was often prefixed to his name; indeed he calls himself " the divine shelter " of his people. In this connection it is interesting that his name never appears in commercial transactions, purchases being made in his name by his atewarde­a marked departure from earlier practise. A sen­tence from one of his inscriptions is worth quoting:

" I am Hammurabi who is to his people as their father, who has made the words of Marduk to be held in reverence,

=triumph on highland and lowland has accomplished; who made glad the heart of Marduk, and has bequeathed prosperity for his people for all time, and proclaimed .order to the land."

The note struck in the above is that which appears in most of his inscriptions, solicitude for the tem­poral and spiritual welfare of his people and the honor of the gods. But great as Hammurabi was as a creator of empire, as an administrator, as a builder of temples and a redeemer of his land, and as a patron of literature, it is likely that he will henceforth be more famous as the maker of the earliest great code of laws yet known.

1I. The Code * : This exists on a stele of black dio­rite discovered by Jaques Jean Marie de Morgan at Persepolis Dec.,,1901‑Jan.,1902. It was intended for the temple E‑barra of Shamash at Sippar, and must have been carried away by a later r. Descrip‑ Elamite conqueror of the land. The tion of the stele, when discovered, was in three

Stele. fragments which fit together and make

a tablet ‑with convex surfaces, seven

feet three inches in height, six feet two inches in

width at the bottom and five feet five inches at the

top. At the top of the obverse is a .bas‑relief repre­

senting Hammurabi receiving the code from Sha­

mash. Immediately underneath is the prologue to

the code, then the code itself, running partly on the
* in the following discussion M is used an the symbol for the Pentateuchal codes, H for the code of Hammurabi, and trite Arabic numerals reer to the sections in the latter.


obverse, partly on the reverse, . and finally an epi­

logue, making altogether the longest Semitic cunei­

form inscription yet known. The inscription was

originally in forty‑nine columns, of which five have

been erased and the surface smoothed, se though

the intention was to substitute an inscription by

the king who captured it. The rest of the text is

intact except for short blanks where the surface is

damaged. The original inscription is estimated to

have contained about 8,000 words in 282 sections,

of which thirty‑five sections were in the erased part,

and of these three have been recovered from other

sources. •A peculiarity of the inscription is that it

is written in horizontal columns so that as the stele

stood it co‑dd be read only by the reader's turning

his head across the body to the left so se to follow

the characters from the low®r side of the columns to

the upper. The stele found was evidently not the

only copy of the code, since a duplicate fragment

of the epilogue was found at Susa and parts of

the code were in Aashurbanipal's library. Indeed,

portions of the cone have been known for years

from fragments found in various places and hard

been assigned on internal grounds by Meissner and

Delitzseh to Hammurabi's times. The verification

of this assignment by the discovery of the code is a

rare testimony to Aseyriological and critical acumen.

The epilogue states that Ilu (the supreme god)

and Bel, lord of heaven and earth, have entrusted

mankind to Marduk, and have called Hatnmurabi

to ,create justice, to destroy the wicked, and to make

men,happy. Then follows.a statement of Hammu­

rabi's achievements in which he refers

a. Contents three times to war, once to punishment

of the In‑ of thieves, over a dozen times to

scription. temples which he has built, restored,

adorned or endowed, several times

to the digging and clearing of canals, and frequently

to his kindly rule over his people for whom he, like

a shepherd, has carefully provided. Then follows

the code, dealing with witchcraft (1‑2), trials (3‑b),

stealing and retaining lost property (G‑13), kid­

napping (14), fugitive slaves (15‑20), burglary

and robbery (21‑26), duties and privileges of a

class of royal officers (26‑41), agriculture, gardening,

and ahelpherding (42‑65). Next comes the erasure,

supposed to have eliminated thirty‑five sections.

The obverse takes up commercial matters, the rela­

tions of merchant and agent (100‑107), liquor and

saloon regulations (108‑111), debt and deposit (112­

12G). Then a large section (127‑193) deals with

the family as follows: slander, infidelity, violation,

and suspicion of adultery (127‑132), desertion, sep­

aration and divorce, remarriage and aoncubinage

(133‑149), woman's property (150‑152), various

crimes of unfaithfulness or incest (153‑158), the

bride's price and dowry, and laws of inheritance

(159‑184), adoption of children (185‑193). Then

follow laws concerning assault (194‑214), physi­

cians' fees and responsibilities (215‑227), building

(228‑233), shipping (234‑240), damage and rates of

wages for various kinds of service (241_27?), and

slaves (278‑282). The epilogue follows, in which

the king reasserts his faithfulness to the task en­

trusted to hum by Bel and Marduk, that of guarding

the people (" On my heart I fold the people of

137 RELIGIOUS ENCYCLOPEDIA Hammurabi and His Code

Sumer and Akkad, in my spirit let them in peace repose "). He has written the stele, he continues, to bestow protection upon the weak, the widow and the orphan, and to further the cause of justice. Future kings are to observe the laws without change and are to receive blessing. The inscription closes with a series of imprecations on the king who shall obliterate, change, or annul the laws: " each day, month by month, may the years of his reign be filled with sighing and tears; as a burden may his royalty be prolonged, a life that is joined to death may God award him as his fate."

H is criminal and civil, prohibitive and prescrip­tive; it deals with offenses against the State, the person, and property. Novel facts are (1) that it includes among its provisions regulation of rates to be paid for loans of money or material, and estab­lishes prices to be paid for several kinds of merchan­dise, for labor of various sorts, and for

3. Charac‑ the hire of animals and implements and ter of the boats; (2) that there is no intrusion Legislation of the priestly element. Moreover, H and Pen‑ recognizes and legislates for three alties. grades of society: (1) the Amelu, a word fairly represented by the English word " gentry," who are held to a high responsi­bility, paying and receiving enhanced consideration in damage cases; (2) Muskenu, " commoners," free­men, yet subject to the corv6e; and (3) Ardu, slaves. Along with this goes the further fact that H legislates also for classes of society: (1) For those holding lands of the crown on a sort of feudal ten­ure and apparently liable to service, military and civil, probably as underofficers. (2) For votaries of certain deities (Shamash and Marduk are names in the code, but almost certainly the votaries of Sin and Anunit were included, as indicated by sources other than H). To these certain employ­ments and places were interdicted, as the keeping and entering of a beer‑shop. On the other hand they were protected from slander, were evidently respected in the community, and were not prosti­tutes, as they are so often designated. (3) For keepers of beer‑shops, generally women, who were made responsible for order in their shops, were en­joined to report treasonous talk, and seem to have had the power of arrest. (4) For physicians, evi­dently not a highly respected class, whose fees are regulated by the patient's social status, while penal­ties were attached for malpractise or failure. (5) For ‑agriculturists, gardeners, and shepherds, and (6) for various kinds of artisans and laborers duties, fees, wages and penalties are prescribed. The place of justice was the temple or temple gate, and in the temple the records were filed. The order of pro­cedure in cases was first the filing of the briefs, on perusal of which within six months the court heard the case and rendered the decision, which decision might not be reversed by the court hearing it, though the case might be appealed to a higher court or even to the king. The parties to the case plead their own cause, no professional attorneys being in evidence. Where, from the nature of the case, tes­timony was lacking, the final test was the oath before deity with the death penalty for proved perjury. Litigation was discouraged by penalizing the un‑

successful complainant as heavily as the establishing of his case would have penalized the defendant. Penalties range from fine through multiple payment, mutilation, reduction to slavery, expatriation, death, to death in especially dishonorable form. The cases of fine are of course numerous, as when personal or property damage has been done (106‑109). Mul­tiple payment is prescribed in many cases of trade transaction or fraudulent claim, and the rate varies from double to thirtyfold, ;he last in case of a gentleman stealing from a temple‑if a commoner committed such a theft, the penalty was tenfold restitution or death. Reduction to slavery, equiva­lent to hard labor for life, followed slander of a votary or a married woman (127). Expatriation was the punishment for incest with a daughter (154). The punishment by mutilation, which often appears in H, was either a case of lex talionis or of punishment by excision of the offending member. In the former case it was eye for eye, etc. (196­198). Instances of the latter were loss of hands by the thief (253), by an unskilful surgeon (218), or by a son who struck his father (195); a wet nurse who substituted a changeling lost her breasts (194), a slave who repudiated his master lost his ear (the organ of obedience, 205, 282). The death penalty followed witchcraft or false accusation of it (1, 2), perjury in a capital cause (3), violent entry or theft or receiving goods stolen from mansion or temple (6, 21 ), purchase from unauthorized agents (7), appropriation or selling of things found (9,10 ), making false claim to property (11), kidnapping a free‑born child (14), instigating the flight of a slave (15), harboring a fugitive slave (16) or holding one for personal gain (19), highway robbery (22), neglect of duty by subofiicers (26), permitting dis­order in a beer‑shop (109), rape of a betrothed maiden (130), striking and killing a pregnant gentlewoman (209), erasing the brand of slavery (227), defective building, causing the death of the occupant (229), oppression, bribery, misappro­priation of public property or persons by magis­trates (33‑34). In some cases the death penalty was carried out in a special manner; burning was for looting at a fire (25), for a votary's entering a beer‑shop (110), for incest with a mother (157). Death by drowning was the penalty for cutting the price of beer (109), adultery (129), being a bad wife (143), incest with daughter‑in‑law (155), and desert­ing a husband's house in his absence (133). Im­palement was the punishment for procuring a hus­band's death (153), dismemberment for failing to keep an agricultural agreement (256). The ordeal (2,132) probably implies death by drowning. Examples of prescriptive measures are those which enabled a man who had suffered from highway rob­bery or, in case of his death his family, to recover from the governor or the city if the thief were not captured. Thus the responsibility for order was placed on the authorities. Damages were assessed for neglect of various sorts, as, neglect to care for the portion of a canal adjacent to one's property, to herd flocks properly, or to till the whole of a field rented on shares or to till it all properly. Similar prescriptive regulations require that certain com­mercial operations be conducted in the presence of

HHamm~enbi and His Code THE NEW SCHAFF‑HERZOG 138

witnesses under penalty of forfeiture. Such opera­tions as purchase from a minor and deposit of goods or money were illegal if without witnesses.

The position of woman under the law is interest­ing. Her oath cleared her of the charge of adul‑

tery (131), repudiation by her husband 4. Legal gave her the right to her dowry (137‑

Status of 139), for open contempt of her hus‑

Woman. band she might be reduced to bondage

in her hqsband's house, provided she had been a slack housewife (141); if she had been a good housewife, she might leave him and take her dowry (142), if she were slack and slandered her husband, she was drowned (143). Concubinage was allowed under certain conditions (145); a woman whose husband had under those conditions married again might elect to stay with the husband or to take her marriage portion and go home (148‑149). Property deeded to a wife was hers absolutely (150). By making the agreement at marriage, she could not be seized for a debt contracted before marriage, but she might be held with the husband for one contracted afterward (151‑152). The dowry of a mother went to her children at her death, not to her father (162), but the father of a barren wife received back her dowry less the price paid for her (163‑164). The widow who remained with the family of her husband shared in the property equally with the sons; if she left she took only her dowry (172). A man was bound to support his wife and she to be faithful to him. Hence if he were captured by an enemy and had left for her means of sub­sistence, she was bound to remain in the home. If he had not done so, she was blameless if she married during his absence. When he came back, she re­turned to him, and the children followed the father. So a man who expatriated himself from his city could not hold his wife to marital duty.

Study of the code reveals that it was not a thing entirely new. Its provisions are such as would

naturally suggest themselves in a g. The developing civilization; they are often

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