|previous article in this issue||next article in this issue|
Document Details :
Title: Die schlafende Gottheit in den ägyptischen 'Mahnworten des Ipuwer' und Psalm 44
Author(s): BOJOWALD, Stefan
Volume: 102 Issue: 2 Date: 2021
The motif of the dormant deity in The Dialogue of Ipuwer is compared with Ps 44,24 and its inversion in Ps 121,3-4. The Egyptian text and Psalm 44 employ the motif to lament a catastrophic situation, while Psalm 121 expresses trust in protection by the non-sleeping deity. In each of the three texts, the motif is associated with the image of the deity as shepherd. These similarities are unlikely to result from direct or indirect dependence of the biblical texts from the Egyptian source; they are rather seen as similar expressions of common ancient Near Eastern traditions.