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Title: 'Ich will mir einen Namen machen!'
Subtitle: Alttestamentliche und altorientalische Verewigungsstrategien
Author(s): BÜHRER, Walter
Volume: 98 Issue: 4 Date: 2017
The paper shows the importance of a person’s name during his lifetime and especially post mortem: The name functions as a this-worldly form of post-mortem existence. Ancient people knew three forms of immortalization through name-making: 1) procreation, 2) outstanding deeds, and 3) inscriptions. The paper presents different texts from Mesopotamia and the Old Testament in which humans (as well as God) try to establish an everlasting name for themselves (or for a certain person or group of people) through one or more of the mentioned strategies.