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Dating the sargon legend

So, to a large extent, the story of Moses was written a thousand years after he was supposed to have lived.

Similarities between the Neo-Assyrian Sargon Birth Legend and other infant birth exposures in ancient literature, including Moses, Karna, and Oedipus, were noted by Otto Rank in 1909.

This is not going to be a question about the Bible or God but I believe that is related with the Christianity. Mosaic authorship is often more nuanced than he wrote it versus he didn't.

I believe in God, I came to my Savior several years ago but recently a friend sent me a website (Spanish language) where the author presented some evidence about how "Sargon I" and Moses have a similar history (see the section around image #15). John Sailhamer has a fascinating argument that the canonical form is the result of development that accords with the role of teachers like Ezra who were charged with making the sense of it plain for the people to understand.

There is no doubt that Sargon lived long before Moses.

However, neither has surviving stories that clearly out-date the other, therefore there is no bibliographic evidence that the later one is borrowing from the earlier one.

The legend was also studied in detail by Brian Lewis, and compared with a number of different examples of the infant birth exposure motif found in European and Asian folk tales.

He discusses a possible archetype form, giving particular attention to the Sargon legend and the account of the birth of Moses. Sargon of Akkad - Comparisons in Ancient Literature - Wikipedia Specifically, a story of Sargon's birth places him in a basket and has him sent down the river, much like Moses' birth as detailed in Exodus.

On page 13, , even an almost literal correspondence of individual traits.