In no part of the prose or laws of the Torah, however, is God called a king. This is particularly surprising because it is commonly accepted that the model of the scriptural covenant is drawn from the political reality of the ancient East, where the sovereign party to a covenant was the king.
Rosh Hashanah: Why the Torah Suppresses God's Kingship, Prof. Israel Knohl
In the akitu-festival, Marduk's mythological going out to war against Tiamat was conceived as the cultic procession to the akitu temple, in which the mythological combat itself was understood to have taken place. The cultic procession back to Marduk's main temple was conceived as his return to Babylon after his victory, and he was then (re)enthroned there as king of the gods. The statue of Marduk was then seated in the eastern annex of the temple called the Dais-of-Destinies, where he makes the judgments and decides the destinies for the coming year.
According to Babylonian religious perception, this mythical drama, namely the victory over the sea-goddess and her monsters, the creation of the world, Marduk's enthronement, and his judgment, all occurred in the first days of the year, in the beginning of the month of Nisannu, and the cultic acts were perceived as reflecting these mythical occurrences.
See: Babylonian Rosh Hashanah - Battle, Creation, Enthronement, and Justice, Dr. Uri Gabbay
Egypt there was theSed Festival
The Egyptian Sed Festival held in the Fall and celebrated the continued rule of a pharaoh. The ancient festival might, perhaps, have been instituted to replace a ritual of murdering a pharaoh who was unable to continue to rule effectively because of age or condition. … They primarily were held to rejuvenate the pharaoh’s strength and stamina while still sitting on the throne, celebrating the continued success of the pharaoh. The Sed-festival developed into a royal jubilee intended to reinforce the pharaoh’s divine powers and religious leadership.
“Obedience to God is also the negation of submission to man.”
“The idea of serfdom to God was, in the Jewish tradition, transformed into the basis for the freedom of man from man. God’s authority thus guarantees man’s independence from human author
Eric Fromm – You Shall be as Gods pp 73 – 75