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A Neo-Babylonian Dialogue Document (3.123)
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Subject: Archival Documents from the Biblical World; Akkadian Archival Documents; Courtcases; Neo-Babylonian


A widely used legal formulation, which scholars have entitled the “Dialogue Document,” makes its appearance in the Middle and Neo-Babylonian periods of ancient Mesopotamia (late second and first millennia bce). Many students of these texts (see bibliography) have noticed striking parallels to Genesis 23, which tells of Abraham’s purchase of a burial cave for his wife, Sarah. The name “Dialogue…

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Weisberg, David B., “A Neo-Babylonian Dialogue Document (3.123)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 04 December 2021 <>

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