A New Edition of Ludlul Bēl Nēmeqi

Document Type

Conference Presentation


Religious Studies

Conference Title

Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting


Society of Biblical Literature


New Orlean, LA

Conference Dates

November 21-24, 2009

Date of Presentation

Fall 11-23-2009


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summarizes the new sources for the poem that have become available since Lambert's edition, many of which are still unpublished, and presents several examples of improved readings and filled lacunae.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.

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