Receipt for the Purchase of a Debt Slave (AT 65) (3.100)
(299 words)

Subject: Archival Documents from the Biblical World; Akkadian Archival Documents; Contracts; Alalakh

Commentary

This level VII tablet records the purchase of a debt slave. Debt slavery was well known in the ancient Near East. The use of the andarārum was a special dispensation that allowed all those in debt to be freed of their debts. In order to circumvent this possibility, Sumunnabi had a special clause written into the agreement. Perhaps this type of permanent servitude, with no exclusions, was what Leviticus 25:39–42 address…

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Hess, Richard S., “Receipt for the Purchase of a Debt Slave (AT 65) (3.100)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 19 August 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-436X_cos_aCOSB_3_100>



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