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When Solomon heard this, he summoned the eagle into his presence. 2 The author of this poem (1 195), and is related in the poem has evidently borrowed from the Babylonian Talmud his reference to the " Worm on the Lebanon ". " King Solomon," says the author, " made up his mind to catch a dragon (Ashmedai), and in order to do so, he emptied all the water wells of Jerusalem, and filled one of them with wine and hydromel. The dragon drank and, being intoxicated, was easily caught and sent to King Solomon.

See F. H. voD • See Ch. 14. • Such, for instance, is Vol. VIII, pp. 64-73; Gaston Paris, LD PoisV du Maym see aloo Caaael, iD Dmluc/rriflm der Kiini6l. ,ammtabmkller , • See Benfey, /oc. , Aluul. der WiiU7Uchaftm. 1850, Vol. III, p. cxv and p. 409. I, pp. 475-8; Gaater, in Monaluchri/1, 188o, pp. 475-8. 1 The Jews themselves, however, may have borrowed this myth from Babylonia. Estira, who rejected the advances of the fallen angel, is lshtar, or lstahar, goddess of love and passion, worshipped in Syria and Palestine under the name of Ashtoreth, who played an important part in the mythology of the Assyrians and Babylonians.

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