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Special Issue: Neo-Assyrian Scribal Art: Royal Inscriptions and Library Texts
A Note on the Bilingual Inscription of Šamaš-šumu-ukīn, RIMB 2, B.6.33.1.
Daisuke SHIBATA
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Volume 49 (2014) Pages 85-88

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Circumstantial evidence suggests that the Akkadian counterpart of Baltil, written with the signs BAL and KI in the bilingual inscription of Šamaš-šumu-ukīn, RIMB 2, B.6.33.1, could be interpreted as a ‘heretical’ exegesis of the toponym, alluding to ki-bal = māt nukurti ‘Enemy Land’ and/or to words derived from BAL = nabalkutu ‘to rebel.’ If this is the case, the inscription describes the return of Marduk’s statue in a tone similar to the one describing the return of his statue from Elam to Babylon during the reign of Nabuchadnezzar I.

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