Aramaic And Egyptian Legal Traditions At Elephantine

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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. ...

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Overview

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.

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Alejandro F. Botta (Ph.D. Summa cum laude, Department of History of the Jewish People, Hebrew University of Jerusalem) is Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible, School of Theology at Boston University.

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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 שׂלשׁ 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

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