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A Lease of Land (3.137A)

(189 words)

Author(s): Steinkeller, Piotr
Subject: Archival Documents from the Biblical World; Sumerian Archival Documents; Contracts; Rental and Hire Transactions Commentary The text originates from Nippur and dates to the Ur III period (7th year of Šu-Sin, 3rd month, ca. 2031 BCE). A Lease of Land (3.137A) (lines 1–10) Madake, Ur-gagi’a, Katar, (and) Lu-melam leased out1 6 iku of land, (located in) the field Dalbana,2 to Ur-Sin, son of A-kala, for 3 years, (in exchange) for 1/3 (of its produce). (line 11) They (i.e., the lessors) swore by the name of the king (not to contest the agreement). (lines 12–15) Lu-Inanna, Šeš-kal…

A Record of Hire (3.137B)

(191 words)

Author(s): Steinkeller, Piotr
Subject: Archival Documents from the Biblical World; Sumerian Archival Documents; Contracts; Rental and Hire Transactions Commentary The text originates from Nippur and dates to the Ur III period (8th year of Šu-Sin, 12th month, ca. 2030 BCE). A Record of Hire (3.137B) (lines 1–6) Geme-Nungal and Šu-Durul, her son, received from Lugal-azida 1 shekel of silver, the wages of Ur-Iškur.1 (lines 7–14) Before Ur-Iškur, before 〈PN〉, son of Ur-Sin, before Lu-Iškur, (and) before Tulta, son of Lugal-hegal, they swore by the name of the king to measure out 6 l…

Another Record of Hire (3.137C)

(183 words)

Author(s): Steinkeller, Piotr
Subject: Archival Documents from the Biblical World; Sumerian Archival Documents; Contracts; Rental and Hire Transactions Commentary The text comes from Nippur and dates to the Ur III period (2nd year of Ibbi-Sin, 6th month, ca. 2027 BCE). Another Record of Hire (3.137C) (lines 1–6) Geme-Nungal received from Lugal-azida 3 shekels of silver, the yearly wages of Šu-Durul, (her son).1 (lines 7–11) She swore by the name of the king to measure out 10 liters of barley (as his) daily (wages), if Šu-Durul stops working. (lines 12–16) Abinu’a, Lateniš, Lu-Sin, (and) Adda-kala — these…