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In any case the motif of land being turned into a desert and the abode o f desert beasts and demons belongs to sirocco theophanies (Part VII, Study 15). The comparison of the destruction o f Babylon to that o f Sodom and Gomorrah has the same pedigree (Study 18). The attack will also affect nature in other ways. The stars, sun and moon will be blotted out (v 10). The heavens and the earth will quake and shake (v 13) at the brh of the Lord, on the day o f his hrwn 'p. The latter term, as has already been seen, is typical o f sirocco contexts; it never occurs in rainstorm theophanies (Study 9).
We are ruined! c Here the occurrence o f nnym and swph (Part VII, Studies 5 and 3, respectively) in the total context o f w 5-31 clearly points to the sirocco character o f the storm figure. Is it possible that the figure o f the lion and eagle or the lion-eagle (griffin) is part of the background for this east-wind imagery of the whole unit? ANEP, 689 is an Akkad-period representation o f a lionheaded eagle pulling the chariot o f a rainstorm g o d . O n the monster there is a nude goddess holding lightning bolts or more probably streams of rain in her hands.
42 • The Lord of the East Wind lem's sons and daughters mentioned in v 34), N o longer will the nations stream (v 44, nhr; the verb is particularly appropriate) to him, because the Euphrates is no more and Bel is dead. The text clearly reflects an awareness o f the significance of the Euphrates for the life o f Babylonia. In other ways too it seems to reflect first-hand knowledge of the city. The Babylon o f Nebuchadnez zar II, both the old city on the east bank and the new city on the west bank, was surrounded by a moat made up of canals flowing from the Euphrates which ran between both cities.