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Weight Inscriptions (2.146A 2.146B 2.147 2.148) (2.SU.D.1)

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Author(s): Powell, Marvin A.
Subject: Monumental Inscriptions from the Biblical World; Sumerian Monumental Inscriptions Commentary This selection is organized in (approximate) chronological order, oldest first (see the Akkadian Weight Inscriptions above,  COS COSB.2.126A-O for further introductory comments). Published mass and “implied mina norms” are given to assist the reader in interpretation, but it must be borne in mind that these are approximations whose precision depends upon the accuracy of the modern weighing, the state of conservation of the object, and the accuracy of the ancient standard. 2.1…

Votive Inscriptions (2.SU.B.1)

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Author(s): Hallo, William W.
Subject: Monumental Inscriptions from the Biblical World; Sumerian Monumental Inscriptions; Building and Display Inscriptions Commentary Like the Biblical vow (neder), a the Mesopotamian votive offering was of two kinds: before the fact or after. In the former, it was made in the hope of a favor to be granted by the deity in the future, as expressed in the Latin motto do ut des, “I give that you might give.” The most general and common “votive motive” in this case was “for (long) life” of the donor and/or designat…

Ibbi-Sin (2.141A)

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Author(s): Frayne, Douglas
Subject: Monumental Inscriptions from the Biblical World; Sumerian Monumental Inscriptions; Building and Display Inscriptions; Neo-Sumerian Inscriptions Commentary A twenty-two line inscription known from clay cones, a stone foundation tablet and an Old Babylonian (?) tablet copy deals with the construction of the “great wall” (likely a temenos wall) of Ur by Ibbi-Sin (the fifth and last king of the Ur III Dynasty, who reigned ca. 2028–2004 BCE). Ibbi-Sin (2.141A) (1–5) Ibbi-Sin, god of his land, mighty king, king of Ur, king of the four quarters, (6–7) on account of the great l…
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