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Oath Of Loyalty To Esarhaddon (4.38)
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This small fragment of a cuneiform tablet from Nineveh was identified by Simo Parpola in the Kuyunjik collection of the British Museum. Whether the fragment is in fact an adê-oath cannot be established without question because so little text remains, but the probable presence of the “solemn statement” construction (šumma + subjunctive verb) together with its vocabulary (e.g. inagu-m[ur-ti] in line rev 5′; note the Babylonian dialect) make such quite possible. Parpola (1987:175) suggests that the mention of incense (qutāru) in line obv 9′ “may indicate that this t…

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Lauinger, Jacob, “Oath Of Loyalty To Esarhaddon (4.38)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 05 December 2021 <>
First published online: 2017

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