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Wednesday, June 13, 2007  

Elephantine Papyri (TAD) Now Available

We're pleased to announce the release of the four-volume Textbook of Aramaic Documents from Ancient Egypt by Bezalel Porten and Ada Yardeni. TAD includes a large collection of Aramaic documents from the 5th century BCE, mainly from Elephantine Island (ancient Yeb) in the Nile near Aswan, which offer a fascinating glimpse into the life of a Jewish garrison community during the Persian occupation. The letters and legal papers give a vivid picture of the life of Jews in exile during the time of Ezra and Nehemiah, and are of major importance to scholars of the period.

This package, which is now available for purchase and download, consists of two modules. The Accordance TAD-T module allows full morphological searches of the Aramaic text. The TAD-E Reference tool, which can be displayed in parallel or searched independently, includes the English translations, as well as the headings, explanations, and footnotes in the printed text. The Yardeni drawings are not included.

If you're interested in original source material on the exilic period, you'll find these modules an invaluable resource.

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