The Aramaic and Egyptian Legal Traditions at Elephantine: An Egyptological Approach

Alejandro F. Botta

The Aramaic and Egyptian Legal Traditions at Elephantine: An Egyptological Approach
The Aramaic and Egyptian Legal Traditions at Elephantine: An Egyptological Approach

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This is a study of the interrelationships between the formulary traditions of the legal documents of the Jewish colony of Elephantine and the legal formulary traditions of their Egyptian counterparts.

The legal documents of Elephantine have been approached in three different ways thus far: first, comparing them to the later Aramaic legal tradition; second, as part of a self-contained system, and more recently from the point of view of the Assyriological legal tradition. However, there is still a fourth possible approach, which has long been neglected by scholars in this field, and that is to study the Elephantine legal documents from an Egyptological perspective. In seeking the Egyptian parallels and antecedents to the Aramaic formulary, Botta hopes to balance the current scholarly perspective, based mostly upon Aramaic and Assyriological comparative studies.

  • Table Of Contents
  • List of Tables
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction: The Egyptological Approach to the Study of Aramaic Legal Formulae
  • The Elephantine Community and Aramaic Law
  • The Egyptian Fomularly Tradition
  • Challenging the Consensus: The ???? Clause
  • The 'Withdrawal' and Related Formulae in the Aramaic Legal Tradition
  • The Use of ____ in the Egyptian Legal Tradition
  • A Comparison of the Aramaic and Egyptian Uses of Withdrawal Clauses
  • Reconsidering the origins of Aramaic and Demotic Legal Formulae
  • Works Cited


Pages: 256
Publisher: T&T Clark
Published: 2011
ISBN-10: 0567120368
ISBN-13: 9780567120366

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