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Bibil Identifier bibil:213786
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) 'I have written to the king, my lord'
Title (English, ) Secular Analogies for the Psalms
Author Tomes, Roger
Series Hebrew Bible Monographs (Volume: 1)
Year (Publication) 2005
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2005
Year (Copyright) 2005
Year (Reference) 2005
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature UPA 72561
Place 224.1.08
Publishing house Sheffield Phoenix Press
Place Sheffield
ISBN 1-905048-71-8
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages xii Pages
145 Pages
height in cm 23
Genre Original
Abstract The psalms in the Hebrew Bible have often been compared with the religious texts of Mesopotamia, Egypt and Canaan. Roger Tomes shows, in this incisive monograph, how the letters of the ancient Near East, from Mari, Amarna, Ugarit, Nimrud and Nineveh, are an equally rewarding analogue. In them we find suppliants, caught in crisis situations, appealing to their rulers; they use the same arguments to persuade them to act as the psalmists in their appeals to God: protestations of innocence, confession of faults, promises of loyalty, descriptions of plight, appeal to the other’s own interests, direct reproaches and quotation of the reproaches of enemies, and expressions of dependence. These are parallels that have much to teach us about the social position of the psalmists and their relationship to the cult.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Psalms
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Literature : Correspondence - Archives
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