Context of Scripture Online

Get access

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


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 addressed. It …

Cite this page
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 04 December 2021 <>

▲   Back to top   ▲