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The Manumission of Umanigar (3.134A)

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Author(s): Steinkeller, Piotr
Subject: Archival Documents from the Biblical World; Sumerian Archival Documents; Contracts; Manumissions Commentary This text comes from Nippur and dates to the Ur III period (the 6th year of Amar-Sin, ca. 2041 BCE). The Manumission of Umanigar (3.134A) Subject: Gen 15:3 (lines 1–5) In the city-gate of Ninurta (named) “Lofty-city-gate-of-heaven-and earth,”1 Atu, his father, manumitted2 Umanigar, the slave of [PN], because of his being the (only) heir.3  a  (lines 6–9) Lu-kirizal (and) Lu-dingira, brothers of Atu, swore by the name of the king that (in the futu…

The Manumission of Šarakam and Ur-guna’a (3.134B)

(205 words)

Author(s): Steinkeller, Piotr
Subject: Archival Documents from the Biblical World; Sumerian Archival Documents; Contracts; Manumissions Commentary This text originates from Umma and dates to the Ur III period (5th year of Amar-Sin, 8th month, ca. 2042 BCE). The Manumission of Šarakam and Ur-guna’a (3.134B) (lines 1–8) Gudaga, their mother, manumitted1 Šarakam (and) Ur-guna’a, both of them, from Mansum, for 1/3 mina (= 20 shekels) of silver. (lines 9–11) Mansum swore by the name of the king that (in the future) he will not raise claims regarding this silver. (lines 12–17) Before Lugale-banšag, before Lugal-…