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A Trial for Adultery (3.140)
(285 words)

Subject: Archival Documents from the Biblical World; Sumerian Archival Documents; Courtcases; Model Courtcases


No more than eight examples of Sumerian “model court cases” are known so far. They belong to the scribal school curriculum and are thus, strictly speaking, canonical texts. But they ultimately derive from genuine archival records, particularly of the early Isin I Dynasty, and were preserved because they were thought to illustrate some particularly interesting points of law. See in detail, Hallo in press.

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Hallo, William W., “A Trial for Adultery (3.140)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 05 December 2021 <>

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