@WillKynes To be fair it's from a much broader article: "The Use(s) of Genre in Mesopotamian Literature" Archív Orientální 67:703–17.
@WillKynes Digging further into this, it looks like a typical move to say there are no clear criteria for wisdom literature then to just keep talking about it. From the excellent survey by Beaulieu, it seems as if the Gilgamesh epic, the Mesopotamian flood stories, and even Adapa qualify:
@WillKynes "The son of Shuruppak, Ziusudra, was the Mesopotamian Noah according to the Sumerian Flood Story.. Ziusudra appears again as teacher of wisdom in the Death of Gilgamesh" which "tells us that Gilgamesh, having... reached the abode of Ziusudra..."
@WillKynes and got "from him the revelation of the rites of Sumer, which he brought back to Uruk to restart civilization after the flood" (a major focus of the Sumerian Adapa myth) "According to the opening" of Gilgamesh he made his journey on a quest for wisdom and antediluvian knowledge"

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Just started reading the new Yale report on the future of its humanities grad programs. Its recommendations might freak people out but from my POV having run a small grad program look like a really helpful response to a bad situation both in R1 universities and overall. 1/
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Tradition or Memory: What is the Bible made of? Reflecting back on the past century or so of debate I think the stakes here could be higher than they appear.
The biggest arguments in e.g. Pentateuchal studies are over what the building blocks of the Torah were, and how and why they were put together. Similarly in the past couple of decades people have started talking about these building blocks as "collective memories."
In an earlier phase these building blocks were called "traditions" and the early all-but-invisible process of composition, "history of traditions." But in both cases it was treated mainly as referential content, abstracted away from human agency, a quick but shaky solution.
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In 2020 what are the main issues of a small religious studies grad program? Here are things I thought about while running one. Really only one: given the data, you're doing it against the odds, so every significant decision needs to help set you apart and justify your existence.
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Here are the relevant studies on narrowness of hiring in history, comp sci, and business:
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And same phenom in political science
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Happy May Day--the ancient Babylonian flood myth describes the first labor dispute in the history of the cosmos, as the lower-status gods slaving to feed the higher-status ones burn their tools and march on the high god's palace livius.org/sources/conten…
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