Even if you put Ina-Assur-suma-asbat before Sulmanu-suma-usur, so that the grand viziers are in the proper order (and yes I know this), that does not mean Freydank agrees to put Ninu'ayu before Abi-ili. I have read the literature up to-date and Bloch, Jakob, Llop all rely on Freydank 1991 for putting Ninu'ayu before Abi-ili --- and they continue to cite the 1991 paper without mentioning Freydank's evident change of mind.
The reasons Freydank put Ninu'ayu before Abi-ili in 1991 are not reasons he considers valid anymore. The other scholars have not added anything substantial, certainly nothing that could change Freydank's mind since his 2005 contribution (else it would be in the 2009 article). Thus the 1991 position regardless of its "lingering" adherents has lost credibility.
Now you have said: In a group of texts, dated with the years of Ninuaju and Abi-ili son of Katiri, distributed barley comes from the city of Tille by an expedition undertaken during the year of Ninuaju by the official Ina-Assur-sumi-asbat. According to Freydank, one of the earliest documents should be MARV 4, 33 from the year of Ninuaju, which contains the longest version of the passage mentioning Tille.
MARV 4, 33 is VAT 18105 (dated limu Ninu'ayu). In regards to this text Freydank has told us "the mission of Ina-Aššur-šuma-aṣbat can not definitely be dated to the limu year of Ninu'ayu" (1991, p. 62). This is because the name of the leader responsible for the barley shippment from Tille in the limu-year of Ninu'ayu is UNMENTIONED in this and other texts dated to this limu-year.
There is no problem to put the mission of Ina-Aššur-šuma-aṣbat before the limu-year of Abi-ili, but there is no reason whatever to put the limu-year of Ninu'ayu before Abi-ili.
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