Lament for Sumer and Ur
The other city laments are:
In 2004 BCE, during the last year of King Ibbi-Sin's reign, Ur fell to an army from the east. The Sumerians decided that such a catastrophic event could only be explained through divine intervention and wrote in the lament that the gods, "An, Enlil, Enki and Ninmah decided [Ur's] fate"
The literary works of the Sumerians were widely translated (e.g. by the Hittites, Hurrians and Canaanites), and the world-renowned expert in Sumerian history, Samuel Noah Kramer, wrote that later Greek as well as Hebrew texts "were profoundly influenced by them." Contemporary scholars have drawn parallels between the lament and passages from the bible (e.g. "the Lord departed from his temple and stood on the mountain east of Jerusalem (Ezekiel 10:18-19)."
- The lamentation over the destruction of Sumer and Ur, Piotr Michalowski, 1989, pg. 1
- Ancient Near Eastern Themes in Biblical Theology, By Jeffrey Jay Niehaus, 2008, 117
- The Sumerians: Their history, culture and character, Samuel Noah Kramer, pg.196, http://oi.uchicago.edu/sites/oi.uchicago.edu/files/uploads/shared/docs/sumerians.pdf
- Ancient Near Eastern Themes in Biblical Theology, By Jeffrey Jay Niehaus, 2008, 118