Continuity and Innovation in the Aramaic Legal Tradition

Continuity and Innovation in the Aramaic Legal Tradition

by Andrew Gross
     
 

This book argues that Aramaic scribes from antiquity drew upon a common legal tradition. It identifies the distinctive elements that form the core of this tradition and traces their antecedents within the cuneiform record.See more details below

Overview

This book argues that Aramaic scribes from antiquity drew upon a common legal tradition. It identifies the distinctive elements that form the core of this tradition and traces their antecedents within the cuneiform record.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004152847
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/22/2008
Series:
Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism Series, #128
Pages:
236

Table of Contents

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Ch. 1 Introduction 1

The Object of the Present Study 2

Previous Scholarship on Aramaic Formularies 4

The Aramaic Corpora 7

The Structure of the Aramaic Deed of Conveyance 20

The Method of the Present Study 26

Cuneiform Corpora 28

Summary 43

A Note on the Presentation of the Texts 45

Ch. 2 The Acknowledgment of Receipt Clause 46

Cuneiform Background 47

Neo-Assyrian Aramaic Deeds of Sale 64

Elephantine 66

Wadi ed-Daliyeh 71

Jewish Aramaic Materials from the Judean Desert 78

Nabatean Aramaic Materials from the Judean Desert 82

Syriac 85

Summary 87

Ch. 3 The Investiture Clause 92

Cuneiform Background 93

Elephantine 106

Wadi ed-Daliyeh 116

Jewish Aramaic Materials from the Judean Desert 124

Nabatean Aramaic Materials from the Judean Desert 137

Nabatean Tomb Inscriptions 139

Syriac Slave Sale from Dura-Europos 147

Summary 149

Ch. 4 The Warranty Clause 151

Background 151

Elephantine 162

Wadi ed-Daliyeh 169

Jewish Aramaic Materials from the Judean Desert 174

Nabatean Aramaic Materials from the Judean Desert 180

Syriac 185

Summary 187

Ch. 5 Conclusion 194

Abbreviations 201

Bibliography 204

Index of Key Terms and Phrases 227

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