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Land Sale (3.106)

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Contributor(s): Hallo, William W.
Subject: Archival Documents from the Biblical World; Akkadian Archival Documents; Contracts; Property Conveyances from Ugarit Land Sale (3.106) Subject: Gen 41:43 From the present day on, before witnesses, Iliya, son of Siniya, and Padiya, his brother, and his sons sold 4 ( ikû)1 which are among the fields of Ṣaʾu2 for 180 (shekels) of silver3 to Sharelli,4 the queen. (These) 4 ( ikû) fields are bound like the sunny day5 to Sharelli, the queen,6 forever. Witness: Shipiṭ-Baʾal.7 Witness: Shubammu. Witness: Abdi-Milki,8 son of Yakunu. Witness: Anantenu, son of Bin…

Lugal-murube Son of Zuzu (2.143)

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Contributor(s): Hallo, William W.
Subject: Monumental Inscriptions from the Biblical World; Sumerian Monumental Inscriptions; Votive Inscriptions Commentary Dogs were sacred to Nintinuga, the goddess of healing, perhaps because they were thought to aid recovery by licking wounds. Numerous skeletons of dogs have been found in Isin, her sacred city, where she was worshipped as Nin-Isina, “our lady of Isin,” or as Gula, “the great (goddess).” The following literary text records the fashioning and dedication of the sculpture of a dog to the godd…

The Aramaic Text In Demotic Script (1.99)

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Author(s): Steiner, Richard C.
Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; West Semitic Canonical Compositions; Divine Focus; Incantations and Rituals Commentary The Aramaic Text in Demotic Script1 is a text written on both sides of a twelve–foot–long papyrus in the Pierpont Morgan Library (Amherst Egyptian 63), originally joined by a few fragments which are now at the University of Michigan (Michigan–Amherst 43b). It was acquired by Lord Amherst of Hackney at the end of the nineteenth century. The decipherment of the text has been a long and painful process of trial and error, which…