Gilgamesh Epic and Old Testament Parallels

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University of Chicago Press, 1949 - Religion - 269 pages
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Cuneiform records made some three thousand years ago are the basis for this essay on the ideas of death and the afterlife and the story of the flood which were current among the ancient peoples of the Tigro-Euphrates Valley. With the same careful scholarship shown in his previous volume, The Babylonian Genesis, Heidel interprets the famous Gilgamesh Epic and other related Babylonian and Assyrian documents. He compares them with corresponding portions of the Old Testament in order to determine the inherent historical relationship of Hebrew and Mesopotamian ideas.
 

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Contents

THE GILGAMESH EPIC
1
RELATED MATERIAL
102
DEATH AND THE AFTERLIFE
137
THE STORY OF THE FLOOD
224
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Alexander Heidel was at the time of his death in 1955 on the research staff of the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago.

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