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Ea's duplicity in the Gilgamesh flood story

Author: Martin Worthington
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2020. ©2020
Series: Ancient word.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Secondary (senior high) school : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This volume opens up new perspectives on Babylonian and Assyrian literature, through the lens of a pivotal passage in the Gilgamesh Flood story. It shows how, using a nine-line message where not all was as it seemed, the god Ea inveigled humans into building the Ark. The volume argues that Ea used a 'bitextual' message: one which can be understood in different ways that sound the same. His message thus emerges as  Read more...
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Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Worthington, Martin.
Ea's duplicity in the Gilgamesh flood story
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019.
(DLC) 2019016908
Material Type: Secondary (senior high) school, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Worthington
ISBN: 9780429424274 0429424272 9780429754500 0429754507 9780429754517 0429754515 9780429754494 0429754493
OCLC Number: 1105751393
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: "Interrogating" Babylonian narrative poetry --
"Identifying" puns --
The high concentration of puns in the Gilgameš: flood story --
The lines about the flood hero --
Raining "plenty": ušaznanakkunuši nuh'šam-ma --
The birds: [hi'ib] ishurati --
The fish: puzur nuni --
The harvest: [...] mešrâ eburam-ma --
"Cakes at dawn": ina ser(-)kukki --
"In the evening": ina lilâti --
The "rain of wheat": samût kibati --
Recapitulation --
Issues of textual history --
Meaning and performance --
Outlining the problems --
Does Atra-hasīs "fill in the gaps"? --
Communications between Ea and the flood hero --
Communication between the flood hero and the people of Shuruppak --
Ea's elusiveness --
The enigma of uta-napisti --
Why the "gaps"? --
Ea's duplicity and Babylonian/Assyrian divination --
Beyond cuneiform.
Series Title: Ancient word.
Responsibility: Martin Worthington.

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"This volume opens up new perspectives on Babylonian and Assyrian literature, through the lens of a pivotal passage in the Gilgamesh Flood story. It shows how, using a nine-line message where not all was as it seemed, the god Ea inveigled humans into building the Ark. The volume argues that Ea used a 'bitextual' message: one which can be understood in different ways that sound the same. His message thus emerges as an ambivalent oracle in the tradition of 'folktale prophecy'. The argument is supported by interlocking investigations of lexicography, divination, diet, figurines, social history, and religion. There are also extended discussions of Babylonian word play and ancient literary interpretation. Besides arguing for Ea's duplicity, the book explores its implications - for narrative sophistication in Gilgamesh, for audiences and performance of the poem, and for the relation of the Gilgamesh Flood story to the versions in Atra-hasis, the Hellenistic historian Berossos, and the Biblical Book of Genesis. Ea's Duplicity in the Gilgamesh Flood Story will interest Assyriologists, Hebrew Bible scholars and Classicists, but also students and researchers in all areas concerned with Gilgamesh, word play, oracles, and traditions about the Flood"--

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