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The Marduk Prophecy (1.149)

(1,198 words)

Author(s): Longman III, Tremper
Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; Akkadian Canonical Compositions; Royal Focus; Fictional Royal Autobiography Commentary The Marduk Prophecy is the most complete and clearest example of fictional autobiography which ends with a prophecy. R. Borger has provided a copy, transliteration, translation into German, and commentary on the text. The Marduk Prophecy (1.149) Subject: Deut 29:29; Ps 44:21; Isa 45:19; 48:16; Prov 8:12; Eccl 1:12; Hos 9:8; 1 Sam 4:1b–11; Dan 11:7; Gen 19:16; Pss 42:4; 68:24; Exod 19:4; Ps 55:6; Job 20:29; 21:17; Jer 23:33–40; Joel 1:9; Nah…

The Dynastic Prophecy (1.150)

(662 words)

Author(s): Longman III, Tremper
Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; Akkadian Canonical Compositions; Royal Focus; Fictional Royal Autobiography Commentary The Dynastic Prophecy is the most recent addition to the growing corpus of Akkadian prophecy texts. A. K. Grayson provided an edition of the text in 1975. The text is in a poor state of preservation, not having a single complete line. The Dynastic Prophecy has only one certain exemplar although, as Grayson points out, BM 34903 (= CT 51:122) could possibly be part of the text. The following excerpt excludes the fragmentary in…

The Autobiography of Idrimi (1.148)

(1,413 words)

Author(s): Longman III, Tremper
Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; Akkadian Canonical Compositions; Royal Focus; Fictional Royal Autobiography Commentary The text is preserved on a statue of Idrimi, discovered by Sir Leonard Woolley in 1939 during his excavations at Tell Atshana (Alalaḫ). Although found in the debris of Level IB (ca. 1200 bce), the stature was dated by most scholars back to Level IV (1500 bce). Presently, the statue is housed at the British Museum. The short statue (1.07 m) represents the king sitting on a throne (which has since been found). It was fashione…

The Adad-Guppi Autobiography (1.147)

(1,146 words)

Author(s): Longman III, Tremper
Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; Akkadian Canonical Compositions; Royal Focus; Fictional Royal Autobiography Commentary In 1906 H. Pognon discovered a much-broken stela at Eski Harran (Nab. H 1, A). The text left many questions unanswered but was identified as composed for either the mother or grandmother of Nabonidus. Happily, D. S. Rice discovered a duplicate in the pavement steps of the northern entrance to the Great Mosque at Harran (Nab. H 2, A). Both texts had been used to construc…