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Request For Zimri-Lim To Reciprocate Support (ARM 28.77) (4.58)

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Author(s): Miglio, Adam E.
Commentary Subject: Gen 50:5; 1Sam 31:11–13; 1Kgs 11:15–16; Ps 79:3 This letter was written by Ibal-Addu to Zimri-Lim some time before the former’s accession to the throne of Ashlakka.1 Ibal-Addu’s missive provides an insight into the events that transpired in the aftermath of Shamshi-Adad’s death, when the kingdom of Upper Mesopotamia collapsed. At that time numerous local dynasts reasserted their claims over their ancestral cities. Ibal-Addu’s letter reveals how he had cooperated with Zimri-Lim in hopes that both would b…