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The Adapa Story (1.129)
(660 words)

Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; Akkadian Canonical Compositions; Royal Focus; Epic


In Mesopotamian tradition, Adapa was the first of the semi-divine sages (apkallu) who served as counselors (ummānu) to the ante-diluvian kings, bringing the arts of civilization to humanity. In a late formulation of this tradition, each of these kings had his own counselor, and Adapa served Alulim, the first king. He was identified as Oannes in …

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Foster, Benjamin R., “The Adapa Story (1.129)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 28 November 2020 <>

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