In a primarily diachronic study of the adoption texts from Old Babylonian Nippur, the authors examine the contexts and purposes of adoption. As a result, a number of motivations for adoption are uncovered, including both economic (property exchange) and social (family-oriented) functions. Along with discussion of the source materials, fifty-three of the pertinent texts are published in transliteration and translation, including some heretofore unpublished texts. The volume includes a text concordance, prosopographic index, copies of 12 texts, and 63 plates.
AcknowledgmentsAbbreviationsLists of Tables, Figures, and SymbolsList of PlatesAdoption in Old Babylonian Nippur by Elizabeth C. StoneAdditions to the Old Babylonian Archive of Mannum-mesu-lissur in the Olin Library, Cornell University by David I. OwenAdoption Texts from Nippur: Transliteration and Translation, Texts 1-53 by Elizabeth C. Stone and David I. OwenConcordance of TextsProsopographic Index to the Mannum-mesu-lissur Archive by John R. MitchellCopies of Cornell Texts in the Mannum-mesu-lissur Archive by David I. OwenPlates 1-63
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