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Continuity and Innovation in the Aramaic Legal Tradition

Continuity and Innovation in the Aramaic Legal Tradition © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/147783509X12462819875553 Aramaic Studies 7 . 1 ( 2009 ) 91 – 101 Aramaic Studies www.brill.nl/arst Book Reviews Andrew D. Gross, Continuity and Innovation in the Aramaic Legal Tradition (Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism, 128 ; Leiden: Brill, 2008 ). xii, 236 pp. ISBN 978 90 04 15284 7 . This book is a revised version of Gross’ 2005 New York University dissertation written under the supervision of Baruch Levine. The monograph reflects Gross’ mastery of the relevant cuneiform and Aramaic materials, and his thorough understanding of the legal traditions involved. In this study Gross addresses the issue of to what extent we can speak of a discrete Aramaic legal tradition (p. 1 ) and traces the origins of the formulary used in Aramaic legal documents. At the same time he looks to sketch the history of their development (p. 1 ). The book is divided into four chapters: an introduction, three core chapters discussing three Aramaic legal formulae, and a conclusion. Chapter 1 , ‘Introduction’ (pp. 1 – 45 ) defines the object of study: the acknowledgment of receipt formula, the investiture clause, and the warranty clause, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aramaic Studies Brill

Continuity and Innovation in the Aramaic Legal Tradition

Aramaic Studies , Volume 7 (1): 91 – Jan 1, 2009

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© 2009 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1477-8351
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10.1163/147783509X12462819875553
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/147783509X12462819875553 Aramaic Studies 7 . 1 ( 2009 ) 91 – 101 Aramaic Studies www.brill.nl/arst Book Reviews Andrew D. Gross, Continuity and Innovation in the Aramaic Legal Tradition (Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism, 128 ; Leiden: Brill, 2008 ). xii, 236 pp. ISBN 978 90 04 15284 7 . This book is a revised version of Gross’ 2005 New York University dissertation written under the supervision of Baruch Levine. The monograph reflects Gross’ mastery of the relevant cuneiform and Aramaic materials, and his thorough understanding of the legal traditions involved. In this study Gross addresses the issue of to what extent we can speak of a discrete Aramaic legal tradition (p. 1 ) and traces the origins of the formulary used in Aramaic legal documents. At the same time he looks to sketch the history of their development (p. 1 ). The book is divided into four chapters: an introduction, three core chapters discussing three Aramaic legal formulae, and a conclusion. Chapter 1 , ‘Introduction’ (pp. 1 – 45 ) defines the object of study: the acknowledgment of receipt formula, the investiture clause, and the warranty clause,

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