By John H. Walton

This targeted e-book surveys in the a number of literary genres the parallels among the Bible and the literature of the traditional close to East. each one part starts off with a survey of the on hand historic literature, maintains with a dialogue of the literature, and concludes with a dialogue of situations of alleged borrowing. The genres coated are - cosmology - legislation - historic literature - knowledge literature - apocalyptic literature - own data and epics - covenants and treaties - hymns, prayers, and incantations - prophetic literature

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Plumley, J. M. " In Ancient Cosmologies, ed. Carmen Blacker and Michael Loewe. London, 1975, 17-41. Ringgren, Helmer. Religions of the Ancient Near East. Philadelphia, 1973. Saggs, H. W. F. The Encounter With the Divine in Mesopotamia and Israel. London, 1978. Tigay, Jeffrey. The Evolution of the Gilgamesh Epic. Philadelphia, 1982. Waltke, Bruce. " BibSac 132 (1975): 25-36, 327-42. Chapter 2 PERSONAL ARCHIVES AND EPICS I n the book of Genesis we have a corpus of material that has come to be designated the patriarchal narratives.

J. Finkelstein, "Mesopotamian Historiography," Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 107:6 (1963): 463. Lambert and Millard, Atrahasis, 18. J . J. Finkelstein, The Ox That Gored. Transactions of the American Philosophical Society 71:2 (Philadelphia, 1981): 12. S e e Jeffrey Tigay, The Evolution of the Gilgamesh Epic (Philadelphia, 1982), 214-31. " 35 3 6 37 38 COSMOLOGY 31 15. Complaint of the gods against Enlil for such a devastating form of punishment. 16. King is granted immortality.

A. Speiser, "New Kirkuk Documents Relating to Family Laws," AASOR 10 (1930). E. Chiera and E. A. Speiser, "Selected Kirkuk Documents," JAOS 47 (1927): 3 6 - 6 0 . II. Epics The epic literature involves individuals who are either known from history or whom we have no good reason to suspect did not exist. The epic recounts episodes in the lives of these individuals that generally convey some didactic instruction concerning the gods and their relations with humanity. We will concentrate here on nonroyal epics with the exception of the Keret text.

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