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The Assyrian Prophecies

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The Assyrian prophecies date from the first half of the seventh century BCE, from the reigns of the Assyrian kings Esarhaddon and Ashurbanipal. Most of the Assyrian prophecies have been published in Parpola’s edition. A further range of prophecies and texts referring to prophetic figures has been published and discussed by Nissinen. Besides, Nissinen has published a source book of ancient Near Eastern prophecy, in which all prophetic material from seventh-century Assyria is included both in transcription and translation. This chapter adopts Parpola’s numbering of the oracles. The purpose of a quotation or paraphrase of a prophetic oracle in letters is to support the point of view of the author before the king. The divine word is used as an argument.

Keywords: Assyrian prophecies; Nissinen; prophetic oracle; seventh century BCE



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