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

By Albert Tobias Clay

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The identification of Humbaba with this deity was also one of the reasons why emphasis was placed upon the Gilgamesh Epic being based upon a foundation of myth, being in part astral, and in part a nature myth. A comparison of the name was made with Kombabos of the Legend of Lucian, concerning the building of the temple at Hierapolis; but the name continued to be identified with the Elamite god. 17 Others realized that the description of the cedars seemed to suggest the districts in the West; nevertheless the forests were considered to be in Elam.

The closing lines refer to the resuscitation of the Eagle at the mountain hole with the assistance of Etana. Unfortunately the tablet did not contain a colophon. The fact that the last column is not completely filled out, would indicate that it was copied from a still earlier inscription. While it is not impossible that the legend was originally written in Sumerian, there is nothing in this ancient version to suggest that this was the case. The early dynastic lists of Babylonia, given in the Appendix, show that Etana, "the shepherd," who lived in the fifth millennium B.

This fragment of an old version of the Etana Legend was written about 2000 years earlier than the fragments found in the Library of Ashurbanipal (668-626 B. ). 1 It contains the opening and the closing lines of a large tablet, which had three columns on the obverse and three on the reverse. It seems to the writer that the complete tablet must have contained about 275 lines. Among the fragments of the Epic written in the Assyrian period there is one which duplicates partially some lines of the present text.

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