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A Lease of Land (3.137A)
(189 words)

Subject: Archival Documents from the Biblical World; Sumerian Archival Documents; Contracts; Rental and Hire Transactions


The text originates from Nippur and dates to the Ur III period (7th year of Šu-Sin, 3rd month, ca. 2031 BCE).

A Lease of Land (3.137A)

(lines 1–10)

Madake, Ur-gagi’a, Katar, (and) Lu-melam leased out1 6 iku of land, (located in) the field Dalbana,2 to Ur-Sin, son of A-kala, for 3 years, (in exchange) for 1/3 (of its produce).

(line 11)

They (i.e., the lessors) swore by the name of the king (not to …

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Steinkeller, Piotr, “A Lease of Land (3.137A)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 29 November 2021 <>

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