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Votive Inscriptions (2.SU.B.1)
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Subject: Monumental Inscriptions from the Biblical World; Sumerian Monumental Inscriptions; Building and Display Inscriptions


Like the Biblical vow (neder), a the Mesopotamian votive offering was of two kinds: before the fact or after. In the former, it was made in the hope of a favor to be granted by the deity in the future, as expressed in the Latin motto do ut des, “I give that you might give.” The most general and common “votive motive” in this case was “for (long) life” of the donor and/or designat…

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Hallo, William W., “Votive Inscriptions (2.SU.B.1)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 03 December 2021 <>

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