Sargon of Akkad reigned from 2334 to 2279 BC, creating an empire that united all of Mesopotamia.
While the identity of his father is not clearly known, his mother was a temple priestess. Giving birth to him in secret and setting him in a basket to float, she abandoned him to the Euphrates river. Akki, a gardener, rescued him from the river and raised him. After working as a gardener for Akki, Sargon rose to the position of cup-bearer to Ur-Zababa, the king of Kish.
The Sargon legend is in actual manuscripts from the seventh century BCE. We can trace crucial elements of this legend hundreds (or even thousands) of years before that. The Moses story appears in manuscripts no earlier than the 2nd-3rd centuries BCE.
So, the OVERWHELMING weight of the evidence suggests that, if there were any copying, the Hebrews copied from earlier Mesopotamian literature, and not the other way around.
Agree or not?
Answer by witchqueen at 12:40 PM on Sep. 14, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 7:58 PM on Sep. 12, 2009
Answer by okmanders at 9:40 PM on Sep. 12, 2009
Answer by OneToughMami at 10:26 PM on Sep. 12, 2009
Maybe I'm missing something, but the only similarity that I see is that they were both placed in baskets on rivers. And that's "overwhelming" evidence? Moses' mother didn't even send him adrift (like Sargon's mother) Exodus 2: 3, 4 says that he was placed at the edge of the river among the reeds and his sister “stood” at a distance to watch him. So the reeds would have prevented him from drifting away. So Moses' mother didn't abandon him like it appears Sargon's mother did. It would indicate that Sargon's birth was illegetimate, Moses' was not. Moses was found by the daughter of the pharoah and not a gardner. I'm just not seeing anything "overwhelming" here.
Answer by eringobrough at 10:50 PM on Sep. 12, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 10:58 AM on Sep. 13, 2009
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Answer by eringobrough at 5:20 PM on Sep. 13, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 12:49 PM on Sep. 14, 2009