Judean Merchants in Babylonia and Their Participation in Long-Distance Trade

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Abstract

This article focuses on Judean merchants in Babylonia, their social networks, and their business activities in the sixth century BCE. I argue that these people were integrated into the commercial sphere of Babylonian society and that they had native Babylonian merchants as well as traders of foreign origin among their acquaintances. Judeans participated in Babylonian long-distance trade, and documented evidence shows that some of them travelled as far as Iran for the purpose of trading. Furthermore, because travelling and the transportation of goods are an integral part of commercial activity, merchants provide an example of people who could have maintained connections between Judeans living in Judah and Babylonia.
Original languageEnglish
JournalWelt des Orients
Volume47
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)25-51
Number of pages27
ISSN0043-2547
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 614 Theology
  • Old Testament studies
  • 615 History and Archaeology
  • Assyriology

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Judean Merchants in Babylonia and Their Participation in Long-Distance Trade. / Alstola, Tero.

In: Welt des Orients, Vol. 47, No. 1, 06.2017, p. 25-51.

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