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The Akkadian Anzu Story (3.147)
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Subject: Addenda


The Akkadian Anzu story, known from its incipit as bin shar dadme, is an epic or at least narrative poem which describes how the monstrous and legendary bird Anzu steals the Tablet of Destinies from the supreme god Enlil, and in doing so misappropriates the sovereignty over the universe. The terrified gods meet in a formal assembly under the presidency of the god Anu, in order to select and nominate a champion who will have to defe…

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Vogelzang, Marianna, “The Akkadian Anzu Story (3.147)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 03 December 2021 <>

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