The Aramaic and Egyptian Legal Traditions at Elephantine An Egyptological Approach

by Alejandro F. Botta

Part of the The Library of Second Temple Studies Series

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

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.

The Aramaic and Egyptian Legal Traditions at Elephantine An Egyptological Approach Press Reviews

'This book throws down the gauntlet and challenges some long-established theories which are widely accepted and thought to be secure... There is no doubt about the erudition of the author and the impressive mastery of the legal material which he demonstrates in this book, which is well worth reading.'--Sanford Lakoff

Book Information

ISBN: 9780567045331
Publication date: 25th June 2009
Author: Alejandro F. Botta
Publisher: T.& T.Clark Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 256 pages
Categories: Judaism, Comparative law,

About Alejandro F. Botta

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 at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

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