Erik S. Ohlander
Religious Studies Program
Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne
The "Words of Ahiqar" is an ancient story about a wise Assyrian sage and member of the Assyrian royal court under the kings Sennacherib (704-681 BCE) and his son Esarhaddon (681-669 BCE) named Ahiqar. In the story, Aqihar wants to retire and since he has no son, he trains his unscrupulous nephew Nadim to succeed him. Ahiqar is then betrayed by Nadim, and nearly killed by king Esarhaddon. He then goes into hiding while crafting a clever plan that ultimately succeeds and vindicates him, restoring him to power while Nadim is then punished. The biographical narrative is then followed by the wisdom attributed to him in the form of proverbs.
Ariel Cyrus (2010).
“In the Footsteps of Ahiqar”.