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.

Daniel 7:9

Hebrew Bible

8 “As I was contemplating the horns, another horn—a small one—came up between them, and three of the former horns were torn out by the roots to make room for it. This horn had eyes resembling human eyes and a mouth speaking arrogant things. 9While 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.

 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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