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urtext

The foundation, origin, or roots of something, especially an artistic work or cultural phenomenon; the original source or inspiration for many similar or related things that followed it. The term was originally applied to the earliest versions of scriptures, literary works, and musical compositions, but it is now used more broadly. I think "The Catcher in the Rye" can be seen as the urtext for the many novels about disillusioned teens that followed it. The urtext of the movement seems to be a speech he gave 10 years ago.
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If the Karg-Krebernik hypothesis is correct, this pulls the archaic Ur texts even further away from the Uruk III texts (i.e., those treated by Englund).
In the Ur texts, the "abum of Ur" (there, of course, just called abum) occurs also: UET 3, 244 and 1015.
For this kind of 'broken writing' of the name Ubarum see the OB Ur texts UET 5, 5 V : 45 and UET 5, 24, 5; but cf.