The Poem of the Righteous Sufferer (1.153)
(3,623 words)

Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; Akkadian Canonical Compositions; Individual Focus; Just Sufferer Compositions

Commentary

This is the most elaborate treatment of the theme of theodicy. It includes a veritable thesaurus of medical symptoms (Tablet II) and their cure (Tablet III). Because the sufferer protests not so much innocence as ignorance of his sins, his modern designation could well be “pious sufferer” rather than “just sufferer.”1 He is identified by name in the text (Tablet III, li…

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Foster, Benjamin R., “The Poem of the Righteous Sufferer (1.153)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 22 September 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-436X_cos_aCOSB_1_153>



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