Tuesday, 20 August 2013

The Words of Ahiqar And The Biblical Proverbs !!!

                                                                         


The Words of Ahiqar 


Ahiqar was an advisor to Sennacherib, king of Assyria from 704-681 BCE. In 1906 German archaeologists excavated a copy of his teachings, inscribed upon eleven sheets of palimpsest papyrus, from the debris of Elephantine which is today part of the city of Aswan in Southern Egypt. Ahiqar or Ahikar was an Assyrian sage known in the ancient Near East for his outstanding wisdom. The Story of Ahikar, also known as the Words of Ahikar, has been found in an Aramaic papyrus of 500 B.C. among the ruins of Elephantine

Parallels:

“Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness” (Prov20:20)

STOLEN From:
"Whosoever takes no pride in the names of his father and mother, may the sun not shine upon him." (Ahiqar 9:137)

Parallel :

He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him;
(Prov. 13:24)

STOLEN From:
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With-hold not thy son from the rod, else thou wilt not be able to save him from wickedness." (Ahiqar 6:81)

Parallels:
Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.”
    (Prov. 25:15)

STOLEN from:
Soft is the utterance of a king; yet it is sharper and stronger than a two-edged knife."
(Ahiqar 7:105)




Robert Mascharan!!!

2 comments:

  1. Just so you know, the book of Proverbs was written by Solomon (Proverbs 1:1, 10:1, 25:1), and Ahiqar wrote at the time of Sennacherib, who was contemporary with King Hezekiah. Now, King Hezekiah lived long after Solomon, so that if either of these authors is "stealing" from the other, it is Ahiqar who must be referencing Solomon and not the other way around. Thanks for the comparison, it bolstered my faith in Yeshua (Jesus).

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    1. Your reply presumes, of course, that Proverbs WAS in fact written by Solomon. Given the trite nature of most of the work and its internal contradictions, its attribution to someone renowned for wisdom is in itself problematic. Biblical scholars typically no longer accept Solomonic authorship, as the work itself in content and language suggests multiple authors. Most place it in a post-exilic period, which would make it roughly contemporaneous with the existing manuscript of Ahiqar. Thus, the influence could go either way, or perhaps just as likely, each draws upon an older, no longer extant, source.

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