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Letter-Prayer of King Sin-iddinam to Nin-isina (1.164)
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Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; Sumerian Canonical Compositions; Divine Focus; Prayers and Letter-Prayers


The genre of letter-prayer combines the format of a letter with the function of a prayer. It is attested first for private petitions in Sumerian, and then developed into a royal mode of communication with the divine, as here. Later examples of the genre occur in Akkadian and perhaps even in Hebrew, notably the “writing” or “letter” of Hezekiah in Isaiah 38. Like that letter, this one i…

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Hallo, William W., “Letter-Prayer of King Sin-iddinam to Nin-isina (1.164)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 18 October 2019 <>

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