Saturday, November 05, 2016

On the Sumerian King List

THE ASOR BLOG: The Sumerian King List or the ‘History’ of Kingship in Early Mesopotamia (Gianni Marchesi). Yes, I know this one is a stretch for PaleoJudaica, but I have mentioned the Sumerian King List in the past. It's a very interesting document that has some indirect connections with biblical studies (e.g., mention of the Great Flood and a list of ancestors who came before it) and, given all the recent events in the Middle East, it may well come up again. This essay is a good, brief introduction to the text and to the current scholarly state of the question about it.