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Two Aramaic Legal Documents

T. Kwasman
Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Vol. 63, No. 2 (2000), pp. 274-283
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1559542
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Two Aramaic Legal Documents
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Abstract

The origins of Aramaic common law formularies can be traced back to cuneiform forerunners. Neo-Assyrian legal formularies in particular had a strong influence on Aramaic in the seventh century B.C. Actual legal texts from this period written in Aramaic are rather uncommon. Thus the more texts that come to light the more we are able to establish how cuneiform legal formularies were adapted and employed by Aramaic scribes. The two Aramaic legal clay tablets published here provide us with such information. They attest to what is known as 'the Aramaic-Assyrian symbiosis' and the use of Assyrian legal procedure in the Ancient Near East of the seventh century B.C.

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