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The Acknowledgment Of Receipt Clause

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The primary legal function of a deed of sale is to protect the interests of the purchaser, and each section of the deed contributes to this goal in different ways. Much of the particular terminology used to express receipt and quittance in Aramaic deeds of sale has clear parallels in the cuneiform record. Deeds of sale contain additional elements to acknowledge that all parties had satisfactorily completed their obligations. Not all Middle and Late Bronze Age deeds of sale from Syria, however, include the satisfaction clause. If one assumes that the transfer of property occurs at the moment the seller receives the sale price, the transfer clause should then follow the receipt clause. The Neo-Assyrian sale formulary resembles its Middle Assyrian predecessor in many ways, though there are a number of key differences between them.

Keywords: Aramaic legal traditions; cuneiform record; deed of sale; Middle Assyrian sale formulary; Neo-Assyrian sale; receipt clause; transfer clause

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