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The God Enki In Sumerian Royal Ideology And Mythology

Author : Peeter Espak
ISBN : 3447104120
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This study analyzes the divine concept of the Sumero-Akkadian deity Enki in its literary and mythological development through different periods of Mesopotamian history. Sumerian myths and theology related to the god Enki are influential throughout the history of the Ancient Near East. Several mythological motives from the Sumerian cultural area later reach the creation stories of the Old Testament and beyond. Through the Biblical narratives the ancient Sumerian mythology of Enki reaches the later Christian world, and therefore this mythology has become a part of the collective memory and culture of the present day world. Seven chapters give a diachronical overview of the relevant source materials (royal inscriptions, hymns, etc.) related to the god Enki and other close divine figures and religious phenomena from the period of about 2500-1700 BC. The last two chapters concentrate on the aspects of comparative mythology and archaic Sumerian religion.The relations of Enki and the Mother Goddess in the Mesopotamian religion and YHWH and Eve in the Old Testament are briefly analyzed. Some aspects about the decline of the cult of the Mother Goddess and several details of the political history of the Ancient Near East reflected in the relevant texts are discussed in the book. It is claimed that there is no direct conflict between the theologies of Nippur and Eridu (Enlil and Enki), at least when analyzing the available source material.

Animals And Their Relation To Gods Humans And Things In The Ancient World

Author : Raija Mattila
ISBN : 9783658243883
Genre : History
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While Human-Animal Studies is a rapidly growing field in modern history, studies on this topic that focus on the Ancient World are few. The present volume aims at closing this gap. It investigates the relation between humans, animals, gods, and things with a special focus on the structure of these categories. An improved understanding of the ancient categories themselves is a precondition for any investigation into the relation between them. The focus of the volume lies on the Ancient Near East, but it also provides studies on Ancient Greece, Asia Minor, Mesoamerica, the Far East, and Arabia.
Category: History

Making Sense Of Genesis

Author : J. Wilson
ISBN : 9781498290777
Genre : Religion
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Early Genesis is like a table of contents for the rest of the book, a seed from which the rest of Scripture and history unfolds: so many ideas, images, and events can be traced back to it. Like the seeds that are so often our staple for life, Genesis also provides food for the soul, true wisdom, and the big picture we need to live in this world. But its message can be hindered by misunderstanding its purpose. Making Sense of Genesis looks at what works and what doesn't work when interpreting Genesis. It's not a commentary, so it doesn't interact with all of Genesis or much that has been written about it. Rather, it observes how the ideas and images in early Genesis unfold and are fulfilled, and how they are just as true and fresh for us now as they were in the beginning.
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Studying Religions With The Iron Curtain Closed And Opened

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ISBN : 9789004292789
Genre : Religion
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The book provides a systematic treatise about the history and present of the Academic study of Religions in the Central and Eastern Europe. The origins of the discipline can be found as late as the early 20th century, but promising beginnings were disrupted by the rise of the Marxist-Leninist critique of religion. After the political changes in 1989, the field is successfully re-established, particularly in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Ukraine, Russia, and Romania.
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The First Ninety Years

Author : Lluís Feliu
ISBN : 9781501503696
Genre : History
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This volume is dedicated to Miguel Civil in celebration of his 90th birthday. Civil has been one of the most influential scholars in the field of Sumerian studies over the course of his long career. This anniversary presents a welcome occasion to reflect on some aspects of the field in which he has been such a driving force.
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The Iconography Of Cylinder Seals

Author : Paul Taylor
ISBN : UOM:39015064131355
Genre : Antiquities
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Features essays that study various aspects of the iconography of cylinder seals from the Akkadian period to the Neo-Assyrian period, from Mesopotamia to Hittite Anatolia. This work deals mostly with concrete examples, including themes such as warfare, the sacred tree, fish and the god Ninurta.
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Ancient Economy In Mythology

Author : Morris Silver
ISBN : IND:30000022657260
Genre : History
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Ancient mythology and its striking themes have always fascinated scholars and the general populace alike. Mythological interpretations have proven valuable to historians and theologians for centuries, and more recently, structuralist and Freudian interpretations have dominated the field. Ancient Economy in Mythology is the first to explore the economic component in mythology. Original articles by scholars from diverse fields - ancient languages and history, philosophy, anthropology, and economics - uncover and utilize evidence in myths to throw light on ancient economies and reveal the role played by myths in shaping and justifying economic policies in ancient societies.
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The Arjan Tomb

Author : Javier Álvarez-Mon
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Based on the evidence provided by the Arjan tomb and its exceptional grave goods, the present study offers a comprehensive new analysis of the artistic characteristics of late Neo-Elamite Empire, and, by the same token, it seeks to provide a new foundation for the genesis of the art of the Achaemenid Persian world.