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The Shamash Hymn (1.117)
(1,032 words)

Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; Akkadian Canonical Compositions; Divine Focus; Hymns and Prayers


This “preceptive hymn” is one of the “literary prayers” of the Babylonians which rise above the level of standard religious texts by their artful poetic construction and diction. Even the length of the composition (precisely 200 lines) seems carefully and deliberately contrived. The object of the poet’s attention is Shamash who, as the all-s…

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Foster, Benjamin R., “The Shamash Hymn (1.117)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 05 December 2021 <>

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