Aramaic Ritual Texts from Persepolis (Oriental Institute by Raymond A. Bowman

By Raymond A. Bowman

We've got Raymond Bowman's lengthy awaited variation of the Aramaic texts from Persepolis, unearthed through the excursion by way of the college of Chicago less than Erich F. Schmidt among 1936 and 1938. Bowman has assembled vital info at the chronology of Persepolis in the course of the first 1/2 the 5th century B.C. from the non-public names and authentic titles indexed within the Aramaic texts. He exhibits acumen in attacking sure textual difficulties, and his statement and creation give you the pupil with info important for a formal realizing of this corpus of a few 2 hundred short, formulaic inscriptions written on a number of stone implements-mortars and pestles, plates and trays-found within the treasury at Persepolis. [From a piece of writing by way of Baruch A. Levine within the magazine of the yank Oriental Society ninety two (1972) 70-79].

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140:6; cf. Koehler and Baumgartner, Lexicon in Veteris Testamenti Libros, p. 3, lydh, "beside him"). See also Akkadian ana idi, ana i-di-su in CAD VII 13-14, idu A, 2b-2' and 4'. 66 In only two texts (Nos. 25 and 113), however, qdm introduces the treasurer, as though he were serving as a substitute for the sub-treasurer. 6 1 Vendidad 5:57; Haug, Parsis, p. 332, n. 1, and p. 395; cf. C. E. Pavry, Iranian Studies (Bombay, 1927), p. 222; see p. 11. 58 The difficulty arises from the fact that the name raeOwiskara, the seventh-ranked priest of the larger ceremony, is preserved today for the acolyte who served the zaotar, the officiating priest.

394, 403. " " Nos. 9:3, 13:3, 14:3, 17:5. " 28Such prk seems parallel in meaning to another text (No. 112:5) where the word used is I"'y, 27Less likely is the possibility that prkn is a hybrid with the Persian affix -ana denoting place (cf. Meillet and Benveniste, Grammaire, pp. 154-55, Sec. 265), to indicate the ceremonial space (Arvis-gdh or Dar-i-Meher)wherein the ritual objects were used. Zaehner (Zoroastrianism,Fig. 42) presents a picture of such a Parsi room in Bombay. 28 Yadin, Scroll. 29 Jastrow, Dictionary II 1027-28.

154-55, Sec. 265), to indicate the ceremonial space (Arvis-gdh or Dar-i-Meher)wherein the ritual objects were used. Zaehner (Zoroastrianism,Fig. 42) presents a picture of such a Parsi room in Bombay. 28 Yadin, Scroll. 29 Jastrow, Dictionary II 1027-28. 30No. 54:1. In the Qumran text the word was later altered to sdwr (sidd·r) meaning "order," Yadin, Scroll, p. 144. "arrangement"; cf. edu THE PLACE 23 The term srk as used in Qumran is somewhat complex in meaning and difficult to define. " 31 The former, concerned with organizational and tactical affairs of the army,3 2 seems irrelevant to the use of the word srk in the ritual vessels of Achaemenid Persepolis.

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