By John H. Walton

This exact booklet surveys in the a variety of literary genres the parallels among the Bible and the literature of the traditional close to East. every one part starts with a survey of the to be had historic literature, keeps with a dialogue of the literature, and concludes with a dialogue of situations of alleged borrowing. The genres lined are - cosmology - legislation - ancient literature - knowledge literature - apocalyptic literature - own files and epics - covenants and treaties - hymns, prayers, and incantations - prophetic literature

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But though the Nuzi material may not be as helpful as was initially suggested, the archives still have much to contribute to our understanding of the patriarchal materials. Profitable studies by M. J . Selman present a balanced and helpful analysis of the Nuzi material and its relationship to the biblical text. In general, the problems with using the Nuzi archives to inform us about the patriarchs fall into four categories: chronological, ethnic, geograph­ ical, and methodological. Chronological.

Criticism of Parallel.

The issue has set further distance between the so-called liberal and conservative biblical scholars, with those on the "liberal" side readily affirming biblical dependence on the older Babylonian culture and those in the "conservative" camp defending the integrity of the Bible sometimes by detailed discussion, more often by ignoring the Babylonian material. Our examination in the preceding pages has attempted to survey the material and to identify similarities and differences that exist between the Israelite and Mesopotamian cosmological texts.

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