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James Pritchard's classic anthologies of the ancient Near East have introduced generations of readers to texts essential for understanding the peoples and cultures of this important region. Now these two enduring works have been combined and integrated into one convenient and richly illustrated volume, with a new foreword that puts the translations in context.With more thaJames Pritchard's classic anthologies of the ancient Near East have introduced generations of readers to texts essential for understanding the peoples and cultures of this important region. Now these two enduring works have been combined and integrated into one convenient and richly illustrated volume, with a new foreword that puts the translations in context.With more than 130 reading selections and 300 photographs of ancient art, architecture, and artifacts, this volume provides a stimulating introduction to some of the most significant and widely studied texts of the ancient Near East, including the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Creation Epic (Enuma elish), the Code of Hammurabi, and the Baal Cycle. For students of history, religion, the Bible, archaeology, and anthropology, this anthology provides a wealth of material for understanding the ancient Near East.Represents the diverse cultures and languages of the ancient Near East--Sumerian, Akkadian, Egyptian, Hittite, Ugaritic, Canaanite, and Aramaic--in a wide range of genres: Historical textsLegal texts and treatiesInscriptionsHymnsDidactic and wisdom literatureOracles and propheciesLove poetry and other literary textsLettersNew foreword puts the classic translations in contextMore than 300 photographs document ancient art, architecture, and artifacts related to the textsFully indexed...

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ISBN : 9780691147260
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Number of Pages : 474 Pages
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  • David
    2019-04-27 11:57

    Probably the most significant text I have read for understanding the Hebrew Bible. How I was not forced to read this in seminary is beyond me.

  • Catherine Woodman
    2019-05-04 12:41

    I have spent the last year reading about ancient civilizations with my youngest son and today he leaves his teens behind and begins his young adulthood, so I write this with him in mind. This summer we have been reading the original ancient texts, as translated , and I have really loved reading the original rather than a summary of it.One of my favorites is the Code of Hammarabi. First of all, it reminds me of the Book of Leviticus, but much older (it is a Mesopotamian text, carved into a rock in cuneiform about 1700 BCE) and more broadly applicable to life as a whole. The rules about judges seem almost modern to me, although the laws they enforce are about what you would expect for the culture and the time. The Code also describes life at the time of Prince Hammarabi, which was a time when the Near East was a place where eeking out a living for those not in royalty was hard (the Babylonians did not enjoy the more luxurious life of the Egyptians--those stories are included here as well, and are equally interesting to read).I thought that I had a liberal education, but in reading these texts I realize that there were many gaps that I have just now been able to start filling in. While this might sound like a chore to read, there are some very enjoyable and some remarkably accessible texts within.

  • Catherine Woodman
    2019-05-21 15:59

    I have spent the last year reading about ancient civilizations with my youngest son and today he leaves his teens behind and begins his young adulthood, so I write this with him in mind. This summer we have been reading the original ancient texts, as translated , and I have really loved reading the original rather than a summary of it.One of my favorites is the Code of Hammarabi. First of all, it reminds me of the Book of Leviticus, but much older (it is a Mesopotamian text, carved into a rock in cuneiform about 1700 BCE) and more broadly applicable to life as a whole. The rules about judges seem almost modern to me, although the laws they enforce are about what you would expect for the culture and the time. The Code also describes life at the time of Prince Hammarabi, which was a time when the Near East was a place where eeking out a living for those not in royalty was hard (the Babylonians did not enjoy the more luxurious life of the Egyptians--those stories are included here as well, and are equally interesting to read).I thought that I had a liberal education, but in reading these texts I realize that there were many gaps that I have just now been able to start filling in. While this might sound like a chore to read, there are some very enjoyable and some remarkably accessible texts within.

  • C.H.E. Sadaphal
    2019-04-24 11:49

    The bottom line: A pricey, sometimes hard-to-read anthology of Ancient Near East texts with a Biblical slant.James Pritchard’s Ancient Near East introduces readers to classic works (e.g. legal texts, hymns, myths, treaties, poetry and letters) of the region—such as the Code of Hammurabi, the Enuma elish, and the Epic of Gilgamesh—and in turn provides a clearer understanding of the cultures that existed in the ancient era.The problem is that many of the translations ... http://www.chesadaphal.com/ancient-ne...

  • Peter Bradley
    2019-05-23 15:53

    My Amazon review - http://www.amazon.com/review/RSHI7EEI...