Analysis of Ludlel bel-Nimeqi

To some, it is a startling fact to discover that the biblical text more often than not has some correlation to texts found within the broader ancient Near East but outside of the Israelite community. Ranging from creation myths to wisdom literature, it is discovered that our Israelites of the Old Testament are in fact a people within a time and culture after all. Of course, much is said about the similarities (for good and bad), but is there actually a difference deeper than simple cultural similarities? In his book, The Bible Among the Myths, John Oswalt gives a rather interesting comparison of ancient Near Eastern and Biblical texts. In his view, there is one major difference that carries

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