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A Neo-Babylonian Lament for Tammuz (1.118)
(761 words)

Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; Akkadian Canonical Compositions; Divine Focus; Lamentations and Elegies


This text, of Seleucid date, laments the destruction of the cities of Sumer and Akkad at the hand of the Gutians, a theme strangely out of place two millennia after their historic incursions. So it either represents a late version of a much earlier original or, more likely, a case of deliberate archaizing.

A Neo-Babylonian Lament for Tammuz (1.118)

Subject: Gen 10:10; Mic 5:4; Eccl 11:2

“Oh grieving…

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Hallo, William W., “A Neo-Babylonian Lament for Tammuz (1.118)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 03 December 2021 <>

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