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A Lawsuit Over a Syrian Slave (3.10)
(900 words)

Subject: Archival Documents from the Biblical World; Egyptian Archival Documents; Courtcases


Likely dating to the reign of Ramses II, this papyrus records the oral arguments before a Theban court regarding the ownership of a female Syrian slave and a second, male slave of unknown nationality. In the lost beginning of the transcript, the citizeness Irineferet was accused by a soldier Naky of purchasing these slaves with the property of another woman. The pre…

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Ritner, Robert K., “A Lawsuit Over a Syrian Slave (3.10)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 29 November 2021 <>

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