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Title: Of Dead Kings and Dirges: Myth and Meaning in Isaiah 14:4b-21
Author: Shipp, R Mark
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2002
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004127036
Volumes: 1; Pages: xiv, 198
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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.