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Coptic Legal Documents, with Special Reference to the Theban Area

Gawdat Gabra and Hany N. Takla

in Christianity and Monasticism in Upper Egypt

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9789774163111
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970481 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774163111.003.0012
Coptic Legal Documents, with Special Reference to the Theban Area

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The number of Coptic documents seems to shrink sharply, and even more conspicuously. Legal documents, seen in a functional perspective, are writings whose principal aim is to record, and thus to preserve, promises or acknowledgments made by one party to another one, in an intentionally binding way. Implicit readers of such text are persons belonging to a court or to another legal authority who have to gather an idea about what really happened, after the events themselves have passed, and even if contradictory versions of them are circulating. Coptic labor contracts vary a great deal from region to region. Shorter types of documents are attested in any local dossier, such as acknowledgments of indebtedness and receipts acknowledging the fulfillment of an obligation.

Keywords: Coptic documents; legal documents; labor contracts; indebtedness; receipts; obligation

Chapter.  8237 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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