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CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION

by AARON אהרון SKAIST סקייסט
CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION AIMS Several thousand contract documents from Lower Mesopotamia which date to the Old Babylonian period, 2000- 1600 B. C. E., are currently available. These documents record various types of legal transactions such as marriage, adoption, sales, rental of housing, loans, or the hiring of workers. Their publication has generated numerous scholarly mono­graphs that explicate the nature of these varied transactions. 2 The loan contract documents, the subject of this monograph, are the most numerous of the Old Babylonian period contract types, and there exists an extensive secondary literature relating to them. There are studies on the theoretical aspects of the loan, 3 as well as articles that examine concrete aspects of the loan agreement. 4 Nor has the comparative study of loan contract documents from this period originating in different cities of Lower Mesopotamia been neglected. 5 Finally, there are survey articles6 which summarize all that was known about the loan accords at 1 See the anthologies of Schorr, and HG III- VI. 2 See, e. g., the survey of this literature in V. Korose~,  Keilschriftrecht, in Handbuch der Orientalistik, Erste Abteilung, Der Nahe und der mittlere Osten, Erganzungsband III, ed. B. Spuler ( Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1964), pp. 73- 134. 3 E. g., Pritsch, pp. 172- 187; Boyer, pp. 209- 211. 4 E. g., on types, see BilgiC; on interest, see e. g., Leemans; on tapputum loans, see e. g., Eilers, pp. 1- 37; on temple loans, see R. Harris,  Old Babylonian Temple Loans, JCS 14 ( 1960), pp. 126- 137. 5 E. g., Simmons, pp. 83- 88; Boyer, pp. 199- 216. 6 E. g., Schorr, pp. 65- 77; Reallexikon der Assyriologie II, s. v.  Darlehen,  by M. San Nicolo, pp. 123- 126. Chapter Home  | TOC  | Index

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CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION AIMS Several thousand contract documents from Lower Mesopotamia which date to the Old Babylonian period, 2000- 1600 B. C. E., are currently available. These documents record various types of legal transactions such as marriage, adoption, sales, rental of housing, loans, or the hiring of workers.' Their publication has generated numerous scholarly mono­graphs that explicate the nature of these varied transactions. 2 The loan contract documents, the subject of this monograph, are the most numerous of the Old Babylonian period contract types, and there exists an extensive secondary literature relating to them. There are studies on the theoretical aspects of the loan, 3 as well as articles that examine concrete aspects of the loan agreement. 4 Nor has the comparative study of loan contract documents from this period originating in different cities of Lower Mesopotamia been neglected. 5 Finally, there are survey articles6 which summarize all that was known about the loan accords at 1 See the anthologies of Schorr, and HG III- VI. 2 See, e. g., the survey of this literature in V. Korose~, \\" Keilschriftrecht,\\" in Handbuch der Orientalistik, Erste Abteilung, Der Nahe und der mittlere Osten, Erganzungsband III, ed. B. Spuler ( Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1964), pp. 73- 134. 3 E. g., Pritsch, pp. 172- 187; Boyer, pp. 209- 211. 4 E. g., on types, see BilgiC; on interest, see e. g., Leemans; on tapputum loans, see e. g., Eilers, pp. 1- 37; on temple loans, see R. Harris, \\" Old Babylonian Temple Loans,\\" JCS 14 ( 1960), pp. 126- 137. 5 E. g., Simmons, pp. 83- 88; Boyer, pp. 199- 216. 6 E. g., Schorr, pp. 65- 77; Reallexikon der Assyriologie II, s. v. \\" Darlehen, \\" by M. San Nicolo, pp. 123- 126. << Chapter >> Home | TOC | Index
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