The Elephantine Papyri in English: Three Millennia of Cross-Cultural Continuity and Change

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175 documents, spanning more than 3,000 years, from the ancient mounds on the island of Elephantine are translated into English here for the first time. A massive collection of papyri and ostraca, written in many scripts and tongues - including hieratic, demotic, Aramaic, Greek, Latin, Coptic and Arabic. Each entry, arranged thematically, includes information on date, size, parties, objects, content and significance, as well as general comments and cross-references. An important source, previously scattered among various museums and institutions, brought together here for the first time.
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'Porten has once again produced a most useful tool in our understanding of the ancient Egyptian-Hebrew Diaspora, and we are in debt to his impressive work.'
Daniel L. Smith-Christopher, Journal of Biblical Literature, 2002.
'This is a groundbreaking work, intensely in its conception, comprehensive in scope, a priceless resource for students of law, society, and history. I wish I had written it.'
Joseph Meleze Modrzejewski, Professeur à la Sorbonne-Université de Paris I. Directeur d'Études de Papyrologie et Histoire des Droits de l'Antiquité, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris.
'The immense care and attention expended in the project is evident on every page. Many readers will be grateful to have the Greek and especially the Egyptian writings available in a reliable English translation.'
L.L. Grabbe, Society for Old Testament Study, 1997.
'Bezalel Porten and those who cooperated with him on the production of this magnificent collection deserve highest appreciation for their demanding work. It will be effectively used for various purposes, and it can serve as model for similar enterprises.'
Stanislav Segert, Archiv Orientální, 1997.
A collection of 175 documents from the Egyptian border fortresses of Elephantine and Syene (Aswan), which stood at geological, ethnic, and political borders in the region of the first cataract of the Nile. Papyri have been recovered there in hieratic, Demotic, Aramaic, Greek, Latin, Arabic, and Coptic, and spanning three millennia. Among them are letters and legal contracts from family and other archives, petitions and requests, official reports, military dispatches, tax records, loan documents, and oaths. The arrangement is by the seven languages. The translations are in easily read modern English. Includes extensive textual and historical footnotes, plates of several Aramaic manuscripts, a chronology, and a selective index arranged topically. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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