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Bibil Identifier bibil:244636
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Gilgamesh Epic and the Book of Qohelet: A New Look
Author Samet, Nili
Journal Biblica (Volume: 95, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2015
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2015
Year (Copyright) 2015
Year (Reference) 2015
Language English
Pages 375-390 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This paper re-examines the relation between the Gilgamesh tradition and Qohelet. It presents formerly recognized analogies between the two texts, along with a newly identified parallel. Analysis of the data indicates that Gilgamesh is the only currently known ancient text that can be considered a direct literary source of Qohelet. The paper then discusses the nature of the Gilgamesh epic used by Qohelet's author. It shows that this version is not identical with any Gilgamesh recension known to us. Consequently, an attempt is made to describe this unique Gilgamesh version, and to locate it within Qohelet's historical and intellectual context.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Mesopotamia (Elam, Mari, Sumer, Babylon, Assyria) : Mesopotamia (in general) : Literature : Myths and Narratives : Gilgamesh
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Megilloth : Ecclesiastes / Qoheleth
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