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Literary-Critical Issues In The Hebrew Bible From An Assyriological Perspective: Literary-Ideological Alterations

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Many texts of the Hebrew Bible were reworked in the centuries- long course of their transmission down to their canonization is nowadays the consensus omnium in most scholarly circles. This understanding has been embraced largely as a result of the analysis of the biblical scrolls from Qumran and the re-evaluation of the textual variations exhibited in the Greek and Samaritan traditions. The royal inscriptions of Ashurbanipal were mainly composed in one of the two major types popular in Assyrian historical writing, annals and summary inscriptions, and during the third decade of Ashurbanipal's reign, the annals were edited at least four times between 649-643 B.C.E. In most royal inscriptions, from the Middle Assyrian period onwards, the Assyrian monarch is portrayed as proceeding against his enemies with divine support.

Keywords: Ashurbanipal; Hebrew Bible; Middle Assyrian period; Qumran



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