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The first king of E-anna ("House of Heaven"; the original name of Uruk and also the name for Uruk's temple to Inanna) was Meskiaggaseir, son of Utu (the sun god) and reigned as en ("priest"/"lord") and lugal ("man of greatness"/"king") for 325 years. He won the control of the region extending from the Mediterranean Sea to the Zagros Mountains. Meskiaggaseir was succeeded by his son Enmerkar, who led a campaign against the city of Aratta.
Restored from 20 tablets and fragments, Enmerkar and the Lord of Aratta is the longest Sumerian epic that has been uncovered. In it, Enmerkar is given three quests to prove that the Lord of Aratta should submit to Enmerkar as Inanna's king. Like his father, 'Lord-Merker' is also called the son of Utu in the story, although the king lists only give that title to his genetic father. Throughout the story he refers to Inanna as his sister.
“In E-ana, Meš-ki-aĝ-gašer, the son of Utu, became en and lugal; he ruled for 324 years. Meš-ki-aĝ-gašer entered the sea and disappeared. Enmerkar, the son of Meš-ki-aĝ-gašer, the king of Uruk, who built Uruk , became king; he ruled for 420 years.
So all Hislop really managed to do was set Protestants on a collision course with fundamental archetypes of their own religion...
originally posted by: undo
nimrod was enmerkar (which see) and the egyptian narmer (which see). real guy. i think what hislop is picking up on is the repeating theme of osiris, isis and horus.
A Neo-Assyrian mystical text mentions also the horns of the “dromedary”of Tiamat , which is not evidenced at all in the Epic, but certainly was part of the myth: “The dromedary is the ghost of Tiamat. Bel defeated her. Bel cut off her horns, clove her feet and docked her tail.” The same text mentions also a particular horn, which is somehow identified with Tiamat herself
And I looked and saw that he carved out for himself a great mountain, and flew up on to it… I saw only how he sent forth from his mouth something like a stream of fire and the flaming breath and the great storm (ud-gal, one of Ninurta’s weapons), his “word” and fell on the onrushing multitude that was prepared to fight, and burned up all of them, so that suddenly nothing was seen of the innumerable multitude.
It's a lot more sophisticated than you might realize, the hoped for production of an equal and opposite reaction, the establishment of the cult of Bau as Mother Church in the hope that Ninurta will eventually show and eradicate all opposition on her behalf . the irony in all this is that's generally the event Protestants look forward to the most anyway.
Keeps you in a job... "Without dreams, there could be no despair." ~ Dream
It's just exploring why Christianity might have had a positive interest in cults derivative of Bau and Ninurta, the reconciliation of seeming opposites, Bau that is associate with life in abundance, spiritual restoration and nurture and Ninurta that eradicates problematic life-forms, one will give the other take, possibly even in the same instant.