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The Rejected Sheep

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The authors would like to honor their long time and cherished friend and colleague, Ake W. Sjoberg, with the presentation of two previously unpublished cuneiform tablets which are unlikely to interest him in any possible way. These two new tablets, however, are not reports of extispicy findings but rather reports on the vetting of sheep and goats for their suitability for use in divination. The texts describe the sheep and goats and their deficiencies and give the name of the sheep's or goat's owner. The text of these two tablets is relatively straight forward. To the best of the authors knowledge these two tablets and the Schøyen tablet are the first examples of this type of divinatory text. However, these types of text must have been part of common genre and the authors expect many more exemplars to be identified in the future.

Keywords: cuneiform tablets; divinatory text; goats; rejected sheep; Schøyen tablet



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