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Request for a Free Hand (RS 15.007) (3.45CC)

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Contributor(s): Hallo, William W.
Subject: Archival Documents from the Biblical World; West Semitic Archival Documents; Letters; Ugaritic Letters; Between Non-Royal Correspondents (29) Request for a Free Hand (RS 15.007) (3.45CC) 1 Subject: Ps 4:2; 109:12; Est 2:17; 8:5 Address (lines 1–2) Ganariyānu to Milkiyatanu: Two Introductory Matters ( lines 3–4) Please put in a good word for me ss to the king.2  tt (Whatever) you propose, I will provide.3 The Meat of the Message ( lines 5–10) Please, my friend, send me (written?) authorization in regard to Šamunu, wherever he may be, so that I may seize hi…

Petition for Reconstruction of Temple (?) (draft) (3.50)

(2,320 words)

Author(s): Porten, Bezalel
Subject: Archival Documents from the Biblical World; West Semitic Archival Documents; Letters; Aramaic Letters; The Jedaniah Archive From Elephantine Commentary This letter (Strasbourg Aram. 2 [ TAD A4.5]) was written not in a single vertical column, like the other letters, but in two parallel horizontal columns on the recto and a single vertical column on the verso. An estimated three lines are missing at the top and bottom of each column. Writing to an unknown official, the Jews protested their loyalty at the time of…

Request for Letter of Recommendation (First Draft) (3.51)

(5,394 words)

Author(s): Porten, Bezalel
Subject: Archival Documents from the Biblical World; West Semitic Archival Documents; Letters; Aramaic Letters; The Jedaniah Archive From Elephantine Commentary 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 (welfare, favor, longevity, happiness an…