This poster sets as his aim to understand the objective origins of usury

The reconstruction is based on material from the book of V.A. Belyavsky.“Babylon is legendary and Babylon is historical” . His narrative is largely built around the story of two wealthy families of New Babylon – Egibi and Iddin-Marduk, whose fate he traced.

1700 tablets were found in the 1870s and 1880s. I wonder if Marx would’ve liked to have known about this too.

Where did they go after that? Did they move and change their name? Set up shop somewhere else? Have they survived to the present-day?

Not finding many books when I look for this name. None philosophical at least. Sadly I don’t find إيجيبي on those Arabic Goodreads sites either.

This one might be worth finding a PDF of

Their name stopped appearing on tablets during the reign of Xerxes, aka Ahasuerus of the Book of Esther. Did the Egibi disappear or did they help Mordecai and his ilk slaughter the Persians?

This is interesting

The book of Esther never mentions God. It doesn’t use religious language or imagery, nor does it offer theological comment on the events it details. Instead, it focuses on the courage and ingenuity (and sometimes fallible motives) of Esther and her cousin Mordecai as they effect the rescue of their people.

Xerxes took an L from the Greeks, that’s what we tend to know about him on our side of the world. Could Egibis have possibly packed their bags and gone to Greece? Did they learn Socratism there and then oversee the writing of the Torah? Might be connections there.

Esther, from Susa

Some of the Egibi tablets mention Susa.

There’s also this banking name that dates to a more recent time – could they have coordinated writers to draft the sacred text?

The surviving records of the Murashu business houses are mostly of three sons and three grandsons of the founder, covering a half century between 455 and 403 B.C.E. 

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