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

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Alstola , T 2017 , ' Judean Merchants in Babylonia and Their Participation in Long-Distance Trade ' , Welt des Orients , vol. 47 , no. 1 , pp. 25-51 . https://doi.org/10.13109/wdor.2017.47.1.25

Title: Judean Merchants in Babylonia and Their Participation in Long-Distance Trade
Author: Alstola, Tero
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Theology

Date: 2017-06
Language: eng
Number of pages: 27
Belongs to series: Welt des Orients
ISSN: 0043-2547
DOI: https://doi.org/10.13109/wdor.2017.47.1.25
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/232512
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.
Subject: 614 Theology
Old Testament studies
Vanhan testamentin eksegetiikka
615 History and Archaeology
Assyriology
assyriologia
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