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The Eloquent Peasant (1.43)
(5,072 words)

Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; Egyptian Canonical Compositions; Individual Focus; “Prophecy”


This work was composed during the Middle Kingdom (in the 12th or 13th Dynasty)1 and has been preserved on four papyri of that time. Three of these, known as B1 and B2 and R, are now in Berlin, and the fourth, Pap. Butler, is in London.

The composition, which pertains to the class of speculative wisdom literature, contains a narrative frame and text set out in verse form. This structure …

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Shupak, Nili, “The Eloquent Peasant (1.43)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 29 November 2021 <>

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