from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rabbinical legal document concerning loans, providing against the biblical law of limitation by the sabbatical year, shemitta. (Deut. xv. 1–4.) The terms of the prosbul provided that the loan about to be made should not be considered void at the entrance of the sabbatical year.
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The sage Hillel came up with a solution, known as prosbul.
Rebecca, about your decision not to sign a prosbul, remember that your bank account is also a loan - to your bank.
By the time of Jesus the mainstream of Jewish leadership had mounted an attack on the Jubilee Year, endorsing Rabbi Hillel's prosbul, a legal clause by which creditors forced debtors to sign away their rights to debt annulment at the Jubilee.
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nathan · May 23rd, 2007 at 7:04 pm 1. The prosbul is for the sabbatical year, not the jubilee year.
For a look at how prosbul melds the religious and legalistic, see Solomon Zeitlin’s 1947 paper “Prosbol: A Study in Tannaitic Jurisprudence.”