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Security for a Loan (AT 18) (3.102A)
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Subject: Archival Documents from the Biblical World; Akkadian Archival Documents; Contracts; Alalakh


 AT 18–28 are all Old Babylonian documents from Alalakh level VII. They describe mazzazzānūtu or stand-ins, people who function as security deposits until a debt owed to the king is paid. This has been compared to those who dwell in the house of the Lord (similar phrasing) in the Psalms (e.g., Pss 23:6; 27:4). The translation of  AT 18 follows the readings of Zeeb (1992:452) who incorporates readings from thirtee…

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Hess, Richard S., “Security for a Loan (AT 18) (3.102A)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 06 December 2021 <>

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