Associations in the Greco-Roman World (AGRW)

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Manumission of Elpis in a Judean Prayer-house (I-II CE) Pantikapaion - Bosporan region


Pantikapaion (Bosporan region, Danube and Black Sea areas — Pleiades map), I-II CE
IBosp 71 = IJO II BS7 = H. Bellen, "Συναγωγή τῶν Ἰουδαίων καὶ θεοσεβῶν. Die Aussage einer Bosporanischen Freilassungsinschrift (IBosp 71) zum Problem der Gottesfürchtigen," Jahrbuch für Antike und Christentum 8/9 (1966-65) 172-73 = PHI 182786  = ID# 8010


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Slab of white marble, broken at the top (32 x 37 x 7-11 cm; letter height: 1.1-1.7 cm). Found at Kerch, now in Kerch Historical and Archaeological Museum. The translation follows the suggested emendation of line 3 by Bellen, which is followed by IJO. For an alternate reading, see Levinskaya 1996, 74-75.

(first line largely illegible). . . set free my house-bred slave, Elpis (a feminine name; or: Elpias, a masculine name), in the prayer-house (proseuchē), so that she (or: he) is to be undisturbed and not subject to control by any heir, apart from attendance (or: service) at the prayer-house (proseuchē) and revering God, with the synagogue (synagōgē) of the Judeans being designated joint guardian

Or:

(first line largely illegible). . . set free my house-bred slave, Elpis, in the prayer-house, so that she is to be undisturbed and not subject to control by any heir, apart from attendance at the prayer-house, with the synagogue of the Judeans and god-fearers being designated joint guardians.

Translation by: Harland



[— — —]κ̣α̣ | κου ἀφίημι ἐπὶ τῆς προσευ|χῆς Ἐλπία[ν — —]α[․]της θρεπτῆ̣[ς] {Ἐλπία{δ}α [ἐμ]α[υ]της θρεπτ[ὴν] (Bellen and IJO)} {Ἐλπία{ν} [ἐμ]α[υ]της θρεπτ[ὸν] (Levinskaya)} | ὅπως ἐστὶν ἀπαρενόχλητος || καὶ ἀνεπίληπτος ἀπὸ παντὸς | κληρονόμου χωρὶς τοῦ προσ|καρτερεῖν τῇ προσευχῇ ἐπι|τροπευούσης τῆς συναγω|γῆς τῶν Ἰουδαίων καὶ θεὸν || σέβων.

Item added: December 14, 2012
Item modified: November 10, 2015
ID number: 8010
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