This book investigates a corpus of royal inscriptions and literary texts, with special emphasis on those that are mythological and biblical, stretching over several millennia from the early days of Sumer to the Biblical period, in order to determine the ways in which the concept of water was used, in particular the way it functions in the political and theological ideology of the time. Three literary motifs are the object of a careful study : the crossing of water, the flood and the water of abundance. Though their study shows diversity in evolution, transmission and reception, it appears that their function is common at the heart of the Mesopotamian political theology of royal mediation.
Stéphanie Anthonioz, Ph.D. (2008) in Ancient Civilizations (Sorbonne, Paris) and Philology and Orientalism (Institut Catholique de Paris), Master in Theology (Strasbourg), is Research Assistant at the Collège de France.
"The reviewed monograph is a study conducted with exemplary competence, patience and attention to the smallest details. The reading of this dissertation is a real pleasure on account of its literary quality and the logic of the scientifi c debate."
Wojciech Pikor, Institute of Biblical Studies CUL, (
The Biblical Annals, 2011).
"This book is indispensible for anyone interested in the relationship between the literary tradition of the Ancient Near East and the Hebrew Bible, whether they are specialists or relatively new to the field."
Journal of Ancient Judaism, no. 2.1-2011.
All those interested in Ancient Near Eastern civilizations, history and literature, all those interested in the Bible especially in its Near Eastern context.