A New Edition of Ludlul Bēl Nēmeqi
Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting
Society of Biblical Literature
New Orlean, LA
November 21-24, 2009
Date of Presentation
This paper reports on the status of the new handbook edition of Ludlul Bel Nemeqi (often called "The Babylonian Job") that Amar Annus and Alan Lenzi are preparing for the State Archives of Assyria Cuneiform Text series. The paper summarizes the new sources for the poem that have become available since Lambert's edition, many of which are still unpublished, and presents several examples of improved readings and filled lacunae. The presentation will also briefly sketch a strategy for reading the poem as a unified work, emphasizing the theme of divine inscrutability, and end with several observations on the comparison of the Akkadian poem with the biblical Book of Job.
A New Edition of Ludlul Bēl Nēmeqi.
Paper presented at Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in New Orlean, LA.