Ninurta-nādin-šumi (1131-1126 BC)

Only six years of reign are attributed to Ninurta-nādin-šumi, the third king of the Second Dynasty of Isin [], by Babylonian King List C [], and little is known about his life and deeds. The only surviving document that can be dated with certainty to his reign,[1] a short possession inscription (Ninurta-nādin-šumi 1 []), does not give his genealogy and, therefore, it is not clear how he was related to his predecessor Itti-Marduk-balāṭu []. Later sources[2] remember him chiefly as the father of his famous successor, Nebuchadnezzar I [], but at least a fragmentary Assyrian chronicle [] provides some information about Ninurta-nādin-šumi's own military exploits: According to this text, he penetrated deep into Assyrian territory and thus forced the Assyrian king, Aššur-rēša-iši I, to react and move with his troops to Arbela.

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Selected Bibliography:

Borger, R., 'Vier Grenzsteinurkunden Merodachbaladans I. von Babylonien. Der Teheran-Kudurru, SB 33, SB 169 und SB 26,' Archiv für Orient-Forschung 23 (1970), pp. 1-26 (esp. p. 26).

Brinkman, J.A., A Political History of Post-Kassite Babylonia. 1158-722 B.C. (Analecta Orientalia 43), Roma: Pontificium Institutum Biblicum, 1968 (esp. pp. 41, 98-104 and 324-325 no. 3).

Frame, G., Rulers of Babylonia. From the Second Dynasty of Isin to the End of Assyrian Domination (1157-612 BC) (The Royal Inscriptions of Mesopotamia, Babylonian Periods 2), Toronto et al.: University of Toronto Press, 1995 (esp. pp. 9-10).


[1] For a fragmentary kudurru inscription that could possibly also stem from Ninurta-nādin-šumi's reign, see Borger 1970, p. 26. [Go back to body text.]

[2] E.g., an inscription by the Neo-Babylonian [] king Nabonidus []. [Go back to body text.]

Alexa Bartelmus

Alexa Bartelmus, 'Ninurta-nādin-šumi (1131-1126 BC)', RIBo, Babylon 2: The Inscriptions of the Second Dynasty of Isin, The RIBo Project, a sub-project of MOCCI, 2016 []

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