Lengthy famous as an excellent cross-cultural examine, Yochanan Muffs paintings analyzes the felony formulary of the Aramaic papyri from Elephantine, on the first cataract of the Nile, the place a Persian garrison made out of Jewish infantrymen and their households lived all through many of the fifth century B.C.E. those records are of remarkable significance for the learn of historical close to japanese legislation, and Muffs has investigated their formative historical past via vast references to cuneiform legislation, by way of a style he calls the Assyriological method . almost each point of law-sale of land, marriage and family members legislation, loans and credits, the taking of oaths, and the granting of bequests is studied in nice intensity and with strange readability. Muffs paintings has loved renewed curiosity within the mild of newer discoveries of Aramaic criminal files from later classes, as within the Judean Desert."

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