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The Aramaic and Egyptian Legal Traditions at Elephantine: An Egyptological Approach
Botta, Alejandro F.

New York: T&T Clark, 2009 pp. xvii + 237. $130.00

Series Information
Library of Second Temple Studies, 64


Description: 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.

Subjects: Ancient Near East, Egyptian Literature, Literature

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Review by Margaretha Folmer
Published 6/12/2010
Citation: Margaretha Folmer, review of Alejandro Botta, The Aramaic and Egyptian Legal Traditions at Elephantine: An Egyptological Approach, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2010).


Review by Aaron Koller
Published 5/30/2011
Citation: Aaron Koller, review of Alejandro F. Botta, The Aramaic and Egyptian Legal Traditions at Elephantine: An Egyptological Approach, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


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