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The Song of the Hoe (1.157)
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Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; Sumerian Canonical Compositions; Divine Focus; Myths


The ancient scribe seemingly had a humorous purpose in mind when composing this text. It should probably be categorized as a satirical school text composed for use in the Edubba (= school) and for other learned people.1 The composition has no coherent topic or theme. The thread winding through the whole text is the syllable /al/ which is a Sumerian logogram meaning hoe but which also o…

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Farber, Gertrud, “The Song of the Hoe (1.157)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 05 December 2021 <>

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