Apr. 30, 1738

“Ordinance” issued Prince-Bishopric [Prince-Bishopric of Bamberg; Present-day Germany]: “The wives of Jews, who live on the countryside, are equally liable for their husband’s debts in case of a bankruptcy, and [they] cannot demand their dowry before all debts (of the husband) are paid off/satisfied. Before copulation, the Rabbi has to issue a document containing the amount of the dowry, and the bride has to swear an oath in front of the authorities that she will be fully liable for the debts of her husband. The same is true for [already] married couples, who came (moved) into the protection of Bamberg. Failure to agree does not free one from the consequences. […]”
Eckstein, Adolf (District Rabbi): Geschichte der Juden im ehemaligen Fürstbistum Bamberg, bearbeitet auf Grund von Archivalien, nebst urkundlichen Beilagen, (History of the Jews in the Former Prince-Bishopric of Bamberg, edited on the basis of archiving, together with documented supplements); (Bamberg; 1898);Researched and Translated by Ziba Shadjaani 5/14/2018