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The Purchase of Beer (AT 33) (3.99A)
(445 words)

Subject: Archival Documents from the Biblical World; Akkadian Archival Documents; Contracts; Alalakh


Found in 18th century bce Alalakh Level VII, this text describes the purchase of jars of beer and the exchange of 135 silver shekels. There is a guarantor in the form of the debtors who must make good their provision of beer. They apparently remain bound to this debt for as long as any among them shall live. The concept of debts held for the life of a person is k…

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Hess, Richard S., “The Purchase of Beer (AT 33) (3.99A)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 29 November 2021 <>

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