Enuma Elish IVThe Seven Tablets of Creation
The gods, his fathers, decreed the destiny of Be-l, And set him on the road, the way of prosperity and success. He fashioned a bow and made it his weapon, He set an arrow in place, put the bow string on. He took up his club and held it in his right hand, His bow and quiver he hung at his side. He placed lightning before him, And filled his body with tongues of flame. He made a net to enmesh the entrails of Tia-mat, And stationed the four winds that no part of her escape. The South Wind, the North Wind, the East Wind, the West Wind, He put beside his net, winds given by his father, Anu.
9 “While I was watching, thrones were set up, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His attire was white like snow; the hair of his head was like lamb’s wool. His throne was ablaze with fire, and its wheels were all aflame. 10 A river of fire was streaming forth and proceeding from his presence. Many thousands were ministering to him; many tens of thousands stood ready to serve him. The court convened, and the books were opened. 11 “Then I kept on watching because of the arrogant words of the horn that was speaking. I was watching until the beast was killed and its body destroyed and thrown into the flaming fire.
Notes and References
"... A search of Mesopotamia texts proved more fruitful in the search for a forerunner to the mythic pattern of Dan 7,2-14. It is my contention that Gunkel's thesis in 1895 of a correspondence between the Enuma Elish and Daniel has been undervalued. This is likely to have happened for two reasons: firstly Gunkel's treatment does not refer in a sufficiently precise way to all the similarities and secondly, the discoveries at Ugarit drew scholarly attention away from the Enuma Elish ... Several aspects of the correspondence strongly suggest that the author of Daniel was aware of the Enuma Elish ..." Biblica, Vol. 82, No. 2 (2001), pp. 244-252
Gardner, Anne E. Daniel 7,2-14: Another Look at its Mythic Pattern (pp. 244-252) Biblica, Vol. 82, No. 2, 2001
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