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Bibil Identifier bibil:245451
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Kingship and Carpe Diem, Between Gilgamesh and Qoheleth
Author Suriano, Matthew J.
Journal Vetus Testamentum (Volume: 67, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2017
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2017
Year (Copyright) 2017
Year (Reference) 2017
Language English
Pages 285-306 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The comparison of Qoheleth and Gilgamesh begins with the so-called carpe diem advice of Siduri and Eccl 9:7-9. Additionally, the rhetoric of kingship evoked through Gilgamesh’s narû (“stele”) at the beginning of the epic parallels the royal voice of Qoheleth beginning in Eccl 1:12. Yet these similarities raise several historical issues. First, Siduri’s speech is only found in an Old Babylonian fragment of the epic. The redaction of this advice was part of a process of adapting kingship motifs in the Standard Babylonian Epic. This process appears to bring Gilgamesh closer to Qoheleth, particularly in its reference to narû literature. But in reality the message of later versions of the Mesopotamian epic diverges from that of Ecclesiastes. Furthermore, Qoheleth’s royal voice finds a closer parallel in Northwest Semitic memorial inscriptions. A careful reconsideration of these factors will show that the similarities and differences reflect how both works interact with kingship.
DOI 10.1163/15685330-12341276
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Megilloth : Ecclesiastes / Qoheleth
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Mesopotamia (Elam, Mari, Sumer, Babylon, Assyria) : Mesopotamia (in general) : Literature : Myths and Narratives : Gilgamesh
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Themes : Kingship
Pericopes Ecclesiastes 9,7-9,9
Ecclesiastes 1,12
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