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Bibil Identifier bibil:227219
Publication Type Article of book
Title (English, Long) Two Hymns as Praise Poems, Royal Ideology, and History in Ancient Israel and Ancient Egypt: A Comparative Reflection
Author Hollis, Susan Tower
Congress volume Egypt, Canaan and Israel: History, Imperialism, Ideology and Literature
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 115-135 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract As is well known, ancient kings commonly celebrated victory in battle with a hymn or poem outlining what happened and praising the deity who provided support. While one encounters these regularly within the biblical corpus, less commonly does one consider similar materials in neighboring cultures. In fact, examination of hymns and poems from ancient Egypt about royal victories – or presumed victories – in battle shows a number of hymns and poems that employ language similar to that found within the biblical corpus. A comparison of 2 Samuel 22, ostensibly authored by David at the victorious conclusion of an undefined battle, with the thirteenth century BCE Israel Stela of Merneptah, that document so beloved by biblical scholars because of its reference to the people Israel, presents many interesting and provocative parallels worthy of discussion. This paper will present some parallels and include discussion of the implications of the similarities and differences.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Egypt : Literature : Correspondence - Archives : Stele of Merneptah
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Genres and Forms : Hymn
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Egypt : History and Civilization : New Empire (18th-20th Dynasties) : Merneptah
Pericopes 2 Samuel 22
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