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Sale of a Slave Woman (3.112)
(508 words)

Subject: Archival Documents from the Biblical World; Akkadian Archival Documents; Contracts; Neo-assyrian Contracts


Dating to approximately 642 bce (see note 1 below), this text (BM 103956) records the sale of a slave woman named Bānât-Esaggil. The person selling the slave woman has a Yahwistic name, Yadiʾ-Yau. This same woman appears to have been sold some years later (see note 2 below).

Sale of a Slave Woman (3.112)

(lines 1–3)

The seal of Yadiʾ-Yau,3 the […] of the chief of public works,4 owner of the woman being sold.


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Younger, K. Lawson, Jr., “Sale of a Slave Woman (3.112)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 03 December 2021 <>

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