[b-hebrew] Job & Sumer

Harold R. Holmyard III hholmyard at ont.com
Thu Jun 10 14:09:37 EDT 2004

Dear David (K.),

>Do you really think that a 4,000 year old 
>Sumerian cuneiform poem is derived from a Hebrew 
>poem.  One Sumerian version is dated at 1700 BC 
>(Ludlul Bêl Nimeqi), hundreds of years before 
>any recorded Hebrew writing.  The earliest 
>surviving version of Job are the LXX or DSS, 
>which are, round 2,000 years old.  It seems like 
>a slam-dunk to me.

HH: David, it is interesting that you point out 
similarities between two pieces of ancient 
literature. But it seems speculative to assume 
that they are directly related. Could not similar 
circumstances arise in the lives of two 
individuals in ancient history?

				Harold Holmyard

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