'I have written to the king, my lord': Secular Analogies for the Psalms (Hebrew Bible Monographs 1)
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'I have written to the king, my lord': Secular Analogies for the Psalms

The psalms in the Hebrew Bible have often been compared with the religious texts of Mesopotamia, Egypt and Canaan. Roger Tomes shows, in this incisive monograph, how the letters of the ancient Near East, from Mari, Amarna, Ugarit, Nimrud and Nineveh, are an equally rewarding analogue. In them we find suppliants, caught in crisis situations, appealing to their rulers; they use the same arguments to persuade them to act as the psalmist...