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Christianity and Monasticism in Upper EgyptVolume 2 Nag Hammadi–Esna$
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Gawdat Gabra and Hany N. Takla

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774163111

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774163111.001.0001

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Coptic Legal Documents, with Special Reference to the Theban Area

Coptic Legal Documents, with Special Reference to the Theban Area

(p.121) 12 Coptic Legal Documents, with Special Reference to the Theban Area
Christianity and Monasticism in Upper Egypt

Gawdat Gabra

Hany N. Takla

American University in Cairo Press

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

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