By Philip F. Esler

This paintings considers the tale in the back of papyri stumbled on in 1960 within the Cave of Letters through the lifeless Sea. The archive comprises quite a few contracts and deeds entered into by means of a Jewish girl named Babatha, daughter of a land proprietor named Shim'on, on the finish of the 1st century.


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13 The Early Period The origins of the Nabateans are obscure. A careful examination of the evidence, much of it epigraphic, has led David Graf to conclude that ‘the location of the Nabataean homeland was northeast Arabia’, as had previously been proposed by J. T. 17 As to the language spoken by the Nabateans, there is an on-going debate as to whether they spoke Arabic in everyday life and only used Aramaic (heavily infused with Arabic) in certain contexts, such as legal documents, or whether they spoke Aramaic influenced by Arabic.

Wolcott 1999: 59; W. I. Thomas and F. Znaniecki, F. (1918–1920) The Polish Peasant in Europe and America: Monograph of an Immigrant Group. Five volumes. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. 65 Comaroff and Comaroff 1992: 18. In addition, for a discussion of ‘ethnography and the archive’ see B. K. ) (2002b) ‘Introduction: Historical Anthropology and Its Vicissitudes’ in Axel (2002a) From the Margins: Historical Anthropology and Its Futures. Durham, NC and London: Duke University Press, 12–17.

Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press). 88 This is the case in P. Yadin 2, where X, son of Zaidu, signs immediately after the name of the female vendor, and probably also in P. Yadin 3, where the man signing after her name is certainly a party (as guarantor of her obligations) but is probably also signing on her behalf, given the similarity of the handwriting. 22 Babatha’s Orchard observation, quoted above, that anthropology has shown how a searchlight method of recording a single, contextualized event in elaborate detail can illuminate a whole social system.

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