Babylonian Poems of Pious Sufferers 978-3-16-153389-1 - Mohr Siebeck

T.M. Oshima

Babylonian Poems of Pious Sufferers

Ludlul Bel Nemeqi and the Babylonian Theodicy

[Babylonische Gedichte von frommen Leidenden. Ludlul Bēl Nēmeqi und die Babylonische Theodizee.]

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Takayoshi Oshima analyses two key Babylonian Wisdom texts: Ludlul Bēl Nēmeqi and the Babylonian Theodicy. He offers new critical text editions based on published and hitherto unpublished cuneiform manuscripts and also discusses the cultural and historical background of these poems.
Takayoshi Oshima analyses the two most important Babylonian wisdom texts: Ludlul Bēl Nēmeqi (also known as the Babylonian Job or the Babylonian Righteous Sufferer) and the so-called Babylonian Theodicy. On the basis of the hitherto published as well as newly available, unpublished cuneiform manuscripts, the author establishes a new critical text for each poem and gives an English translation. He offers detailed philological and critical notes to the texts, discussing both the textual and the interpretive issues evoked by individual words and passages. In addition, however, each poem is preceded by a lengthy discussion of its origins, intention, and plot, as well as by more general considerations of its cultural and historical background, including short but important observations on the relationship to Old Testament wisdom literature.

T.M. Oshima Born 1967; PhD in Assyriology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel; 2008–10 Alexander-von-Humboldt fellow at the University of Leipzig in Germany; 2010–13 research fellow at the Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena (project of the German Research Foundation [DFG]; since 2015 DFG project at the University of Leipzig.


The following reviews are known:

In: Salesianum — 77 (2015), S. 748–749 (Rafael Vicent)
In: Journal of the Am. Oriental Society — 137 (2017), pp. 418–420 (Joel H. Hunt)
In: Journal of Near Eastern Studies — 76 (2017), S. 180–187 (Alan Lenzi)
In: Svensk Exegetisk Arsbok — 80 (2015), S. 249–251 (Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer)
In: Revue Biblique — 123 (2016), S. 628–629 (Marcel Sigrist)
In: Journal of Hebrew Scriptures — / 16 (2016) (Scott B. Noegel)
In: Zeitschr. f. d. Alttestamentl. Wissenschaft — 128 (2016), S. 346–347 (D.P.)
In: Journal for the Study of the OT — 40.5 (2016), S. 172 (S. Jacobs)