Upper Egyptian Spelling Bees
In Response To: I bee-4 E & sometimes Y. ()

Some Egyptian king-names transliterate directly into Assyrian names, e.g., Takelot is the Egyptian/Libyan version of the Assyrian Tikulti/Tiglath. Osorkon corresponds to the Assyrian Assur-Dan. But in most cases, finding the Mesopotamian names of Egyptian kings is not that straightforward.

Since Webensenu/Neby/Heby was not an Egyptian pharaoh, it is probably going to be even more difficult to locate him in Assyria and Babylonian, although I am sure he led "secret" lives there, just as his better known pharaonic brothers.

So, here's how I'd go about finding him:

Besides looking at the Egyptian name and epithets of this prince, I'd consider his Biblical names and typecasting. His initial role was as a "Reuben", which corresponded to the god Geb in Egypt, but also to Ninurta and Ningirshu in Mesopotamia. Another famous Reuben was Manishtushu (a.k.a. Ur-ba/Arba), the eldest son of Sargon the Great. Later in his royal career Webensenu upgraded his typecasting from "Reuben" to the more favorable "Benjamin" (Horus/Adad). The Biblical epithet, Uzziel ("strength of God"), reflects the new and improved status. He was also referred to in the Bible as Mushi ("sensitive"). This nickname derived from the emotional instability of the god Geb-Ninurta, but in the case of Webensenu might be a word play on one of his Mesopotamian royal/king names.

In general, any Mesopotamian king name including Ninurta, Adad, Usur (as a variant of Uzziel) would be a candidate. Unfortunately nothing leaps right out at me when I look at the contemporary king names in Mesopotamia. In my model, he should be found in the time of Nebuchadrezzar I (not II). In Part III of my book, I show that Nebuchadrezzar I is a Mesopotamian name of Akhenaten. If you look at Chart 5 of my book you will see some of the dynasties parallel with Akhenaten and the late 18th Dynasty. To those shown, you can add the Babylonian Second Dynasty of Isin (where Nebuchadrezzar I is listed), as well as the Babylonian Dynasty of E. ("Babylon" by Joan Oates is a handy reference.)

I would expect Webensenu to be one of the lesser known kings of Mesopotamia and/or Babylon during that time period. I would rule out Assyrian biggies like Tukulti-Ninurta II for this reason. But perhaps he could have been known as Ninurta-kudurri-user of Dynasty E (if this name wasn't merely a regional variant of Nabu-kudurri-user/Nebuchadrezzar of the Second Dynasty of Isin). There is also a Ninurta-nadin-shumi that precedes Nebuchadrezzar in the Second Dynasty of Isin king-list. Mushi might be a play on Shumi, but this really is a wild guess. There is also a Nabu-mukin-apli that heads the Dyansty of E and a Nabu-shumu-ukin a little further down in the list.

Among the kings of Assyria there is an Adad-nirari II, but he might be a tad early to fit the bill. Among the Kassite kings of this era there is a Kadashman-Harbe (Compare Ur-ba/Arba). He comes shortly before Burna-Buriash II (a correspondent in the Amarna Letters, and possibly a Kassite alias of either Akhenaten or Amenhotep III).

We've got some tantalizing leads, but not quite enough for a conviction.

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