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A Letter From an Angry Housewife (3.130)
(650 words)

Subject: Archival Documents from the Biblical World; Sumerian Archival Documents; Letters


Following the interpretation of its original editor, this unusual letter seems to involve a woman’s defending herself against charges of waste and mismanagement of her husband’s estate as dealt with both in §§141–143 of the Laws of Hammurabi ( COS COSB.2.131) and in a model court-case (below, COSB.3.140). It may thus represent a model letter rather than a “functional” one, using the terminology of Roth (19…

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Hallo, William W., “A Letter From an Angry Housewife (3.130)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 05 December 2021 <>

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