A HEBREW DELUGE STORY IN CUNEIFORM and Other Epic Fragments by Albert Tobias Clay

By Albert Tobias Clay

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He was alarmed at this, and if I may speak somewhat jocularly, he became an Acrisius to the girl, for he guarded her very strenuously. But, without his knowledge-for fate was stronger than the Babylonian-the girl was made a mother by a man of low degree, and bore a child. Her guards, in fear of the king, threw it from the acropolis; for it was there that the aforesaid girl was imprisoned. Well, an eagle very quickly saw the child's fall, and before it was dashed upon the earth got underneath it and received it upon his back.

Moreover, the present text containing ilu, as well as the hundreds of personal names belonging to this early period compounded with ilu, and other facts, clearly show that the Western Semites, as well as the early Akkadians, used the word ilu "God" to represent their creator and supreme ruler. 2 7 Ea was not a Sumerian god, but the second in the Amorite triad, Ilu, Ea and Adad. His name was written phonetically dE-a, and ideographically dEn-Ki "lord of the land," because he was Ba'al, so well known to us in the inscriptions of the West, including the Old Testament.

The writer tentatively restores [i-na ga-da]-ti-gi-na ( instead of kargisina as in the redaction, because he feels the in), o' T redactor in writing the paraphrase did not understand the passage. A, 11. Scheil originally regarded the root of li-sa-aq-ti-il as meaning "to kill;" this is Hebrew. The form lisaqtil should be noted. As already stated, similar forms are found in the text, like lisaznin, etc. A, 12. " Since the parallel passage B, 111:45 has li-is-sa-kir, probably this word stood also in the original text instead of [li]-il-li-ka, which would give us a line parallel to Gen.

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