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Of Dead Kings and Dirges: Myth and Meaning in Isaiah 14:4B-21 (Academia Biblica (Society of Biblical Literature) (Paper)) [Paperback]

By R. Mark Shipp (Author)
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Isaiah 14: 4b-21 has plagued scholars for many years. Neither its form nor its mythological content have been adequately explored or explained. This study argues that the form of this passage is that of the royal dirge, known from texts from Ugarit and Mesopotamia, and that the entire poem should be understood as "mythological." "Day star son of dawn," "helel ben shahar," is a star associated with kingship in Mesopotamia, close to ("son of") the Ishtar star in the heavens. Other mythological imagery abounds in the passage, such as the "Rephaim," probably dead kings, and the motifs of ascent and descent. In this parody of a dirge, Isaiah 14 uses the mythology and ideology of the royal dirge to mock the King of Babylon. Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature (

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Language: English
Studio: Scholars Pr
Pages   216
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.16" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.51"
Weight:   0.67 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2002
Publisher   Society of Biblical Literature
ISBN  1589830385  
ISBN13  9781589830387  

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More About R. Mark Shipp

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! R. Mark Shipp is the Pat E Harrell Professor of Old Testament at Austin Graduate School of Theology, Austin, Texas. Mark has a BA and MS from Pepperdine University and an MDiv and PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary. He was trained in hymnology at Princeton Seminary and is the co-composer of the oratorio Hinds' Feet on High Places. He has authored Of Dead Kings and Dirges (SLB Press), "1 and 2 Chronicles" in The Transforming Word One-Volume Bible Commentary (ACU Press), and co-authored An Akkadian Handbook (Eisenbrauns), with Douglas Miller, and published numerous articles. He is married to Sheree Shipp, and has two daughters, Sarah and Rachel.

R. Mark Shipp was born in 1953.

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A Landmark Work of Genius  Oct 18, 2005
A clear, persuasive, and scholarly book that sheds light on the profound archetypal motifs and ideas found in Isaiah 14. Shipp has done an outstanding service in furthering the understanding of this biblical text.

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