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Canonicity In Cuneiform Texts

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On the basis of apparent standardization, as well as insights into authorship provided by various literary and scholarly texts, some form of canonicity has been generally held to be a characteristic of the genres of cuneiform literature, in particular, of the divination corpus. Since neither a process of canonization nor anything regarding a Babylonian notion of canonicity can be recognized in cuneiform sources, a cuneiform "canon" proves difficult to define. This chapter focuses on the more specific problem concerning the nature of an ahǔ text exemplar from Enūma Anu Enlil and the relationship between the category ahǔ and its counterpart. The problem is approached in terms of whether or not these two classifications of texts may be distinguished on the basis of the criteria that have been used to claim the existence of a canonical tradition of scholarly texts, namely standardization, serialization, and authority.

Keywords: ahǔ text; canonicity; cuneiform texts; Enūma Anu Enlil



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