Enuma Elish IV

The Seven Tablets of Creation
Ancient Near East

They set a lordly dais for him And he took his seat before his fathers to receive kingship. (They said,) 'You are the most honoured among the great gods, Your destiny is unequalled, your command is like Anu's. Marduk, you are the most honoured among the great gods, Your destiny is unequalled, your command is like Anu's. Henceforth your order will not be annulled, It is in your power to exalt and abase. Your utterance is sure, your command cannot be rebelled against, None of the gods will transgress the line you draw. Shrines for all the gods needs provisioning, That you may be established where their sanctuaries are.

Daniel 7:14

Hebrew Bible

13 “I was watching in the night visions, And with the clouds of the sky, one like a son of man was approaching. He went up to the Ancient of Days and was escorted before him. 14 To him was given ruling authority, honor, and sovereignty. All peoples, nations, and language groups were serving him. His authority is eternal and will not pass away. His kingdom will not be destroyed. 15 “As for me, Daniel, my spirit was distressed, and the visions of my mind were alarming me. 16 I approached one of those standing nearby and asked him about the meaning of all this. So he spoke with me and revealed to me the interpretation of the vision:

 Notes and References

"... A search of Mesopotamia texts proved more fruitful in the search for a forerunner to the mythic pattern of Daniel 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 ..."

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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