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By Philip F. Esler

ISBN-10: 0198767161

ISBN-13: 9780198767169

Babatha's Orchard tells a narrative that has long past untold for almost thousand years. it's a tale that might have perished with the final individual acquainted with its details-the Jewish lady Babatha, daughter of Shim'on ben Menahem. Babatha was once most likely killed or enslaved via Roman squaddies on the finish of Shim'on ben Kosiba's insurrection in one hundred thirty five CE, once they captured a collapse a wadi working into the western beaches of the lifeless Sea during which she and different Jewish
fugitives have been sheltering. In 1961, a group of archaeologists found a cache of possessions that Babatha had conscientiously hidden prior to her existence or freedom used to be most likely taken by means of the Romans. between them have been thirty-five criminal files dated from ninety four CE to 132 CE, written on papyrus in Aramaic and Greek, bearing on to
Babatha and her relations, and the leather-based pouch within which they'd been kept.

In this paintings, Philip F. Esler examines the 1st 4 records of the archive in chronological order-Papyri Yadin 1-4, the 1st from ninety four CE and the second one, 3rd and fourth from ninety nine CE, and all drafted in Nabatean Aramaic. even though from the land and time of the Bible, they demonstrate a story of family lifestyles. it's the tale of ways, round December ninety nine CE, Shim'on, Babatha's father (but most likely ahead of she was once born), abruptly got here to obtain an irrigated date-palm orchard in his village of Maoza,
on the southern shore of the useless Sea, within the state of Nabatea. Esler undertakes an in depth studying of P. Yadin 1-4, with occasional connection with wider contextual matters from the lifeless Sea sector and different elements of the traditional Mediterranean world.

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