A HEBREW DELUGE STORY IN CUNEIFORM and Other Epic Fragments by Albert Tobias Clay

By Albert Tobias Clay

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27, 3:17; 4: 9; and 6: 4. " CT 27, 21: 8. See also CT 28, 14: 12. 3 Boissier Divination p. 91. 8CT 0 'Religion Babyloniens II, 913 f. Cf. also JHu-um-ba-bi-tu CT 27, 4: 8. IV EARLY CHAPTER IN THE HISTORY OF AMURRU 53 or capital in the heart of the cedar forest? Who has ever opposed his weapon? In short, the references to the despot seem to convey the idea that he was a powerful personage. " 32 It is clear from the Gilgamesh Epic that Gilgamesh in the early part of his reign was subservient to another, and that he was able to overthrow the enemy.

He was an invader, a fact, as already mentioned, which we learn from the omen texts. ). The cult bearing especially upon the death and resurrection of Tammuz typified the decay of vegetation which was followed by the long dry summer, and also the revivifying of the earth in the spring. While the legends are exceedingly widespread, they are especially identified with Syria. Even in the Book of Ezekiel we learn that women sat in the temple weeping for Tammuz (8:14). Traces of the cult are handed down by the Classical writers; it is also referred to by Mandaic and Syriac writers of the post Biblical period.

For other translations see Ungnad ATB I 34 ff; Barton Archaeology and the Bible 260 if; and Rogers Cuneiform Parallels 67 ff. 8 See Winekler and Abel Thontafelfund von El-Amarna No. 240; and Schroeder VS, 12, 194. For the transliteration and translation see Knudtzon Die El-Amarna Tafeln No. 356, p. 964 ff. RESEARCHES V-3 for his not receiving the food and water of life, whereby eternal life would have been gained. Scholars have pointed out certain resemblances of the story to that of Adam in Genesis; and some even have contended that the Adapa Legend is the origin of the Hebrew narrative.

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