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Women of Elephantine and Women in the Land of Israel

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This chapter discusses the impact of the Aramaic documents from Elephantine to illustrate the lives of biblical women in the postexilic period, and addresses how the legal papyri from the Judean community in this remote island on the Nile river in Persian Egypt may or may not contribute to shed light on women lives in the community in the land of Israel. The chapter focuses on the plausibility of using the Elephantine documents in order to pursue such a line of inquiry. The two family archives, on one hand Mipṭaḥyah and Tamut and Yehoyišma on the other are among the most striking documents about women in the ancient world. The chapter offers an overview of their lives to Buzzy, who has done so much to bring their stories back to life.

Keywords:Aramaic documents; biblical women; Elephantine; Israel; Judean community; Mipṭaḥyah; Yehoyišma



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