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The Motif of the Sleeping Divinity

Andrzej Mrozek and Silvano Votto
Biblica
Vol. 80, No. 3 (1999), pp. 415-419
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/42614207
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The Motif of the Sleeping Divinity
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Abstract

This note discusses biblical and Mesopotamian texts that contain the motif of a sleeping divinity. Their comparison shows that the presence of the same theme, sleep, is not sufficient of itself to make the texts parallel. The other common element, the need to awaken the sleeping divinity, must be present in the texts for parallelism. The note shows that the biblical texts have their Mesopotamian parallel not in the texts where a deity wishes to sleep and cannot, but rather where he is sleeping and must be awakened.

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