The most recent generation has witnessed growing scholarly interest in the relationship
between Mesopotamian civilization and the much later world of Rabbinic Judaism.
Y. Muffs's work on the Elephantine papyri amply demonstrates that this type of
inquiry proves especially productive with regard to legal terminology. Rabbinic Jewish legal
parlance can often be traced back to the language of Mesopotamian law. The following
study examines one particular phrase, the central clause of the Rabbinic writ of divorce
(get), in an attempt to point to its Akkadian predecessors.