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Request for Letter of Recommendation (First Draft) (3.51)
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Subject: Archival Documents from the Biblical World; West Semitic Archival Documents; Letters; Aramaic Letters; The Jedaniah Archive From Elephantine


Historically, this is the most significant of all the Elephantine Aramaic texts (P. Berlin 13495 [ TAD A4.7]). It is a well-balanced, carefully constructed bipartite petition (Report and Petition) addressed by Jedaniah, the priests, and all the Jews of Elephantine to Bagavahya, governor of Judah. It opens with a Fourfold Salutation …

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Porten, Bezalel, “Request for Letter of Recommendation (First Draft) (3.51)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 05 December 2021 <>

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