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In this article I argue that the dispute over the heritage in pBoulaq X was heard by the oracle. The text speaks for this conclusion as regards both grammar and content. On the basis of this assumption I discuss how the oracle, the court of law, the orders of the king and the "common law" are interdependent. It is therefore suggested that we should pay more attention to the reciprocal relationships and interaction among these elements when we treat the oracles in ancient Egypt.

Dans un premier temps, l'objet du présent article est d'exposer les arguments, fondés sur l'analyse de la grammaire et du contenu du texte, qui militent en faveur de la lecture d'un passage du pBoulaq X comme faisant allusion à une procédure oraculaire. Le rapport est ensuite établi entre oracle divin, tribunal judiciaire, décret royal et enfln, coutumes égyptiennes, de sorte à souligner les différents éléments dont il faut tenir compte dans l'étude du déroulement des procédures oraculaires.


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