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By Jean-Marie Husser

This examine of dream money owed within the Bible and in historical close to jap literature indicates major strains of interpretation: at the one hand it defines the functionality of dream money owed from a literary, social, political and spiritual viewpoint at the foundation of literary style (practitioners' manuals, royal inscriptions, prophetic texts, etc.). nevertheless, in adopting a slightly higher typology than is common (message desires, symbolic desires, but additionally prophetic, premonitory and judgment dreams), it seeks to explain either the connection among the fiction implied by way of the literary shape and the particular dream adventure of people, in addition to the several ritual practices concerning this event (interpretation, conjuration, incubation, etc.).

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234; ANET: 623) Here is another example: Speak to my lord: Thus Addu-duri. Iddin-ili, the priest (5) if Itur-Mer, saw a dream. Thus he (spoke): 'In my dream Belet-biri stepped up to me and (10) spoke as follows. Thus she (spoke): ... is [his] ki[ngsh]ip and the rule is his permanent possession. (15) Why does he keep going up again and again to the family house? ' Now my lord must not be negligent in guarding himself (A. 122 = Durand 1988: no. 238;AAf£r:631). 46 Dreams and Dream Narratives in the Biblical World Oneiric oracles such as these must certainly have been known elsewhere other than at Mari and at other periods.

Eanatum who lies sleeping—[his] be[loved] master [Ningirsu approaches his head. (3 cases broken) ]. 'Kish itself must abandon Umma, and being angry, cannot support it. The sun(god) will shine at your right, and a... will be affixed to your forehead. 26-vii. 11; Cooper 1986: 34) A recently found fragment of the Sumerian Legend of Sharrumkin (Sargon of Akkad, 2334-2279 BCE), written in palaeo-BabyIonian, recounts the dream Sharrumkin had when he was cupbearer in the ser7. Text and translation by Jacobsen (1976) or Cooper (1986).

27-32. , Dumuzi's Dream: Aspects of Oral Poetry in a Sumerian Myth (Mesopotamia, 1; Copenhagen: Akademisk Forlag, 1972). -M. Durand, 'Oniromancie et magie a Mari a 1'epoque d'Ebla', Quaderni di Semistica 18 (1992), pp. 151-59. -P. Vernant et al, Divination et rationalite (Paris: Le Seuil, 1974), pp. 70-197. —'L'oniromancie en Mesopotamie ancienne', Ktema 1 (1982), pp. 5-18; reprinted in J. Bottero, Mesopotamie, I'ecriture, la raison et les dieux (Paris: Gallimard, 1987), pp. 133-56. , Mesopotamian Conceptions of Dreams and Dream Rituals (AOAT, 258; Minister: Ugarit Verlag, 1998).

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