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Demotic Self-Dedication Texts (3.EG.B.2)
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Subject: Archival Documents from the Biblical World; Egyptian Archival Documents; Contracts


Attested from Memphis and the Faiyum during the Ptolemaic period, “self-dedication texts” date to the second century bce. The texts show similarities both to the Saïte self-sales into slavery and to earlier oracular amuletic decrees issued by temples in the name of a protective deity. Amuletic decrees of the Third Intermediate Period (Dynasties 21–22) present the god as listing a long series of individual evils from which…

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Ritner, Robert K., “Demotic Self-Dedication Texts (3.EG.B.2)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 07 December 2021 <>

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