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Localized LawThe Babatha and Salome Komaise Archives$
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Kimberley Czajkowski

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198777335

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198777335.001.0001

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Beginning to Reinterpret the Archives

Beginning to Reinterpret the Archives

(p.25) 1 Beginning to Reinterpret the Archives
Localized Law

Kimberley Czajkowski

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the legal documents and transactions that we find in the archives at greater length, and introduces the reader to the people we encounter in these documents. This takes the form of separate overviews of the Babatha and Salome Komaise archives. The chapter then tackles a series of case studies that have proved particularly contentious in previous scholarship: namely, the three marriage contracts (of Babatha, Shelamzion, and Salome Komaise) and the two litigation cases which Babatha attempted to bring before the Roman governor’s court. These case studies are placed in the context of past scholarship and the traditional approach, while being re-examined from the multi-legalism perspective.

Keywords:   marriage contract, Babatha, Salome Komaise, litigation, Shelamzion, multi-legalism

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