Old Assyrian Divorce Document

Divorce

Interpretation by Alan Humm

This is a modernized reinterpretation of Theophile Meek‘s translation (see references). It dates from the Old Assyrian period, approximately the 20th to 16th centuries, BC. For Meek‘s literal version, go to this link.
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Sources:

Meek, Theophile. (1969). Old Assyrian: divorce. Ancient Near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament with Supplement. Pritchard, James B. (Ed.). Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press. p. 218.

[Document preceeded by the seals of six witnesses]

Hashusharna, son of Gudgaria, has divorced his wife, Talia. Should Talia attempt to reaquire her ex-huband Hashusharna, she will be fined two minas and publicly executed. If Gudgaria or Hashusharna attempt to reaquire Talia, they will be fined two minas and publicly executed.

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