The Mesopotamian “Washing Of The Mouth” (Mīspī) Or “Opening Of The Mouth” (Pītpī) Ritual (4.32A–C) (4.32A-C)
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Introduction

“O great gods, with whom does the creation of gods and goddesses appropriately belong? You have you been constantly entrusting me (by oracle) with this difficult task (to be done) in a taboo place.” (Leichty 2011:107, Text 48, line 66).

Could any Israelite prophet have put the theological issue more bluntly than the Assyrian King Esarhaddon cited above? Although the Hebrew Bible has many prohibitions against the worship of cult statues,1 most of the icon polemics focus on iconoplasty, the making of that divine image. The prophets attack the cult image …

Cite this page
Dick, Michael, “The Mesopotamian “Washing Of The Mouth” (Mīspī) Or “Opening Of The Mouth” (Pītpī) Ritual (4.32A–C) (4.32A-C)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 16 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-436X_cos_aCOSB_4_32A-C>
First published online: 2017



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