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Divination (1.AK.A.4)
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Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; Akkadian Canonical Compositions; Divine Focus

4. Divination

According to a first millennium text from Assurbanipal’s library, Enmedurannki, an antediluvian king of Sippar, learned oil and liver divination — the secrets of heaven and earth — directly from Shamash and Adad. He in turn taught these arts to learned men in the cities of Sippar, Nippur, and Babylon.1 While the sources that attest to Mesopotamian divinatory practices span three millennia, it was not until the second millennium that a writte…

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Guinan, Ann K., “Divination (1.AK.A.4)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 05 December 2021 <>

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