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Letter-Prayer of King Sin-iddinam to Utu (1.165)
(499 words)

Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; Sumerian Canonical Compositions; Divine Focus; Prayers and Letter-Prayers


Like the preceding letter-payer, this one is written (as if) by Sin-iddinam, king of Larsa (ca. 1849–1843 BCE) to complain about illness and seek relief. But unlike the former, this one (a) deals with collective illness, (b) addresses Utu, the patron-deity of the dynasty, and (c) survives into Middle Babylonian times in a copy from …

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Hallo, William W., “Letter-Prayer of King Sin-iddinam to Utu (1.165)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 29 November 2021 <>

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