Alphabet scribes in the land of cuneiform : sēpiru professionals in Mesopotamia in the Neo-Babylonian and Achaemenid periods

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Full title: Alphabet scribes in the land of cuneiform : sēpiru professionals in Mesopotamia in the Neo-Babylonian and Achaemenid periods / Yigal Bloch.
Main author: Bloch, Yigal, (Author)
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245 1 0 |a Alphabet scribes in the land of cuneiform :  |b sēpiru professionals in Mesopotamia in the Neo-Babylonian and Achaemenid periods /  |c Yigal Bloch. 
264 1 |a Piscataway, NJ, USA :  |b Gorgias Press,  |c 2018. 
300 |a xv, 497 pages ;  |c 24 cm 
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490 1 |a Gorgias studies in the ancient Near East ;  |v 11. 
504 |a Includes bibliographical references (pages 445-483) and index. 
505 0 |a Sepiru : specialists in alphabetic writing, and in cuneiform, too? -- Sepiru in Babylonian temples -- Sepiru in the state administration -- Sepiru active in private business. 
520 |a This book discusses the alphabetic scribes (sēpiru) mentioned in Mesopotamian documents of the Neo-Babylonian and Achaemenid periods - specifically, of the 6th-5th centuries BCE. The period in question saw a wide diffusion of writing in the Northwest Semitic alphabetic script - mostly in Aramaic - in Mesopotamia; yet, alphabetic texts were normally written in ink on perishable materials and did not survive to be discovered by modern archaeologists. In contrast, cuneiform tablets written on clay have been found in large numbers, and they document different aspects of the alphabetic scribes' activities. This book presents evidence for understanding the Akkadian term sēpiru as a designation for an alphabetic scribe and discusses the functions of these professionals in different administrative and economic spheres. It further considers the question of the ethnic origins of the alphabetic scribes in Mesopotamia, with special attention to the participation of Judeans in Babylonia in this profession. Bloch also provides translations of over 100 cuneiform documents of economic, legal and administrative content. 
600 1 0 |a Achaemenid dynasty,  |d 559-330 B.C. 
650 0 |a Scribes  |z Iraq  |z Babylonia. 
650 0 |a Civil procedure (Assyro-Babylonian law). 
650 0 |a Akkadian language  |x Texts. 
650 0 |a Neo-Babylonia. 
650 0 |a Babylonia  |x History  |x Sources. 
650 0 |a Cuneiform writing. 
650 0 |a Semitic languages  |x Alphabet. 
651 0 |a Babylonia  |x Politics and government. 
651 0 |a Babylonia  |x Commerce. 
830 0 |a Gorgias studies in the ancient Near East ;  |v 11. 
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