Old Assyrian Divorce Document

Divorce

Translator: Theophile J. Meek

This translation is a nearly verbatim transcription of that by Theophile Meek (see references). It dates from the Old Assyrian period, approximately the 20th to 16th centuries, BC. For a more vernacular translation, 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.

(The seals of six persons, each preceded by “The seal of.”)
Hashusharna, the son of Gudgariya, divorced his wife, Taliya. If Taliya tries to reclaim her (former) husband Hashusharna, she shall pay 2 minas of silver and they shall put her to death in the open. If Gudgariya[1] and Hashusharna try to reclaim Taliya, they shall pay 2 minas of silver and they shall put them to death in the open.

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