The Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man

Author: Henri Frankfort
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226260082
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"An Oriental institute essay.""Contains lectures given as a public course in the Division of the humanities of the University of Chicago."--Pref. Includes bibliographies. Introduction: Myth and reality, by H. and H.A. Frankfort. -- Egypt: The nature of the universe. The function of the state. The values of life. By J.A. Wilson. -- Mesopotamia: The cosmos as a state. The function of the state. The good life. By Thorkild Jacobsen. -- The Hebrews: God. Man. Man in the world. Nation, society, and politics. By W.A. Irwin. Conclusion: The emancipation of thought from myth, by H. and H.A. Frankfort.

Religion Philosophy and Knowledge

Author: Gregory W. Dawes
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319435000
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This book offers a philosophical approach to religion that acknowledges both the diversity of religions and the many and varied dimensions of the religious life. Rather than restricting itself to Christian theism, it covers a wide range of religious traditions, examining their beliefs in the context of the actual practice of the religious life. After outlining the aims of religion, the book focuses on claims to knowledge. What kinds of knowledge do religions purport to offer? In what idiom is it couched? From what sources do devotees draw their claims to knowledge? Are these sources reliable? Rather than trying to settle age-old questions about religious belief, the book offers its readers a set of criteria with which they can make informed decisions in matters of faith.

Toward the Image of Tammuz and Other Essays on Mesopotamian History and Culture

Author: Thorkild Jacobsen
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1556359527
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In this volume, William L. Moran has collected seventeen of Jacobsen's widely scattered essays. Dealing with religion, history, culture, government, economics, and grammar, these pieces are representative of all aspects of Jacobsen's work, but stress his studies in history and religion, the fields in which he made his most important contributions to our knowledge of Mesopotamian culture and the origins of Western civilization. Moran has also included a bibliography of and a lexical index to Jacobsen's writings.

Imagining Babylon

Author: Mario Liverani
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 1614514585
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Ever since the archaeological rediscovery of the Ancient Near East, generations of scholars have attempted to reconstruct the "real Babylon,” known to us before from the evocative biblical account of the Tower of Babel. After two centuries of excavations and scholarship, Mario Liverani provides an insightful overview of modern, Western approaches, theories, and accounts of the ancient Near Eastern city.

enuma elis Weg zu einer globalen Weltordnung

Author: Gösta Gabriel
Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
ISBN: 9783161528729
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English summary: The Marduk epic (Enuma Eli) is probably the most significant mythical text of Babylonian culture and tells of the elevation of the god Marduk to absolute ruler over all the gods and the world. Gosta Gabriel provides the first complete and comprehensive interpretation of the text, analyzing it on its own terms. In doing this he distinguishes between the impact of its extra-textual dimension (pragmatics) and its intra-textual composition (structure) and meaning (semantics). Crucial for the understanding of the work are also the definition (mtu) and naming, which are examined in terms of their intra-textual function. A consolidation of the different perspectives concludes the volume in which the text, in both its external and internal impact, reveals itself to be the path and key to a perpetually peaceful world order that is based on and originates in Marduk - Pax Mardukiana. German description: Das Lied auf Marduk ( enuma eli ) ist der vermutlich bedeutsamste mythische Text der babylonischen Kultur und berichtet vom Aufstieg des Gottes Marduk zum absoluten Herrscher uber alle Gotter und die Welt. Gosta Gabriel liefert die erste umfassende Gesamtinterpretation des Textes, wobei er ihn aus sich selbst heraus analysiert. Dabei wird zwischen der aussertextlichen Wirkdimension (Pragmatik) und seiner inneren Verfasstheit (Struktur) und Bedeutung (Semantik) unterschieden. Zentral fur das Verstandnis des Werkes ist zudem die Festsprechung ( mtu ) und die Namensgebung, die mit Blick auf ihre textinterne Funktion beleuchtet werden. Abschliessend fuhrt die Untersuchung die verschiedenen Betrachtungsstrange zusammen, wodurch sich der Text in seiner Aussen- und Binnenwirkung als Weg und Schlussel zu einer ewigen friedlichen Weltordnung offenbart, die durch und in Marduk begrundet ist - die Pax Mardukiana.