The Disputation Between the Hoe and the Plow (1.181)
(2,051 words)

Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; Sumerian Canonical Compositions; Individual Focus; Disputations

Commentary

This piece is undoubtedly the finest example of the genre. It has long been recognized as one of the first poetic, if heavily rhetorical, statements of the case of the common man against the rich and mighty.1 But its most striking qualities are the sheer excellence of the argumentation (plow is deftly hoist with its own petard),2 the heavy satire on the pretenses of the mighty, the eart…

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Vanstiphout, H. L. J., “The Disputation Between the Hoe and the Plow (1.181)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 25 March 2017



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