Aramaic Adoption Contract, dates to October 22, 416 B.C.E., found at Elephantine Island, Egypt, Papyrus/ ink.

This document originates in the archive of Ananiah and Tamut, members of a Jewish family living on Elephantine Island in the fifth century B.C. This contract allows a man named Uriah to adopt a boy named Jedaniah and thus free him from slavery. Adoption was one legal method used to free slaves in ancient Egypt. (x)

Courtesy the Brooklyn Museum Archives, currently on view at the Brooklyn Museum. 

Aramaic Adoption Contract, dates to October 22, 416 B.C.E., found at Elephantine Island, Egypt, Papyrus/ ink.

This document originates in the archive of Ananiah and Tamut, members of a Jewish family living on Elephantine Island in the fifth century B.C. This contract allows a man named Uriah to adopt a boy named Jedaniah and thus free him from slavery. Adoption was one legal method used to free slaves in ancient Egypt. (x)

Courtesy the Brooklyn Museum Archives, currently on view at the Brooklyn Museum

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