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Of Dead Kings and Dirges: Myth and Meaning in Isaiah 14:4B-21 (Sbl - Academia Biblica, 11) [Hardcover]

By R. Mark Shipp (Author)
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Pages   216
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.8" Width: 6.64" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   1.18 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 28, 2002
Publisher   Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN  9004127038  
EAN  9789004127036  

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Isaiah 14: 4b-21 has plagued scholars for many years. Neither its form nor its mythological content have been adequately explored or explained. This study argues that the form of this passage is that of the royal dirge, known from texts from Ugarit and Mesopotamia, and that the entire poem should be understood as "mythological." "Day star son of dawn," "helel ben shahar," is a star associated with kingship in Mesopotamia, close to ("son of") the Ishtar star in the heavens. Other mythological imagery abounds in the passage, such as the "Rephaim," probably dead kings, and the motifs of ascent and descent. In this parody of a dirge, Isaiah 14 uses the mythology and ideology of the royal dirge to mock the King of Babylon. Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature (

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A Landmark Work of Genius  Oct 18, 2005
A clear, persuasive, and scholarly book that sheds light on the profound archetypal motifs and ideas found in Isaiah 14. Shipp has done an outstanding service in furthering the understanding of this biblical text.

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