Babatha’s Orchard

Philip Esler’s new book, Babatha’s Orchard: The Yadin Papyri and An Ancient Jewish Family Tale Retold is published by Oxford University Press on Thursday 23rd February 2017.

The book applies the new historical methodology of archival ethnography to analyse four Nabatean papyri which all concern an intriguing story of how Babatha’s father, Shim’on, came to purchase a date-palm orchard in Maoza, a Dead Sea town, from a Nabatean woman in 99 CE. One feature of the book is the first identification of the nature  of P. Yadin 4 and its two parties.