Kæsæp 'ober lassohcombining dot belower (Genesis 23,16)

Victor Avigdor Hurowitz

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Abraham purchased a burial cave in Hebron for »four hundred sheqels of kœsœp 'ober lassohcombining dot belower«. Scholars agree that this expression denotes »silver usable in commercial transactions« but there is no consensus concerning its primary meaning and parallel expressions in cognate languages from the ancient near east. This article relates it to the Akkadian expression kaspum aššumi PN eqlam ittiq in Old Assyrian trade letters and kaspum ittiq in Neo-babylonian documents, both of which designate silver used in overland trade between merchants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-19
Number of pages8
JournalZeitschrift fur die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Religious studies


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