What’s in a name?

In the world of Gilgamesh, a name was everything. Gilgamesh fought Humbaba, killed the Bull of Heaven, and built the wall of Uruk to make his name great. A famous name imparted immortality.

The Hebrew culture, which emerged out of the Gilgamesh’s culture, was also fascinated with names. However, the purpose of a Hebrew’s existence was not to make a name for himself in order to earn immortality; instead, the purpose of his existence was to make Great the name of the Lord.

“He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.”

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