Lost in Translation, Presumption, and Interpretation: Adam, Noah, and the Ancient Mesopotamian Mythology of the Creation and the Flood

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Blautopf Publishing, Jun 15, 2020 - Religion - 202 pages
This book investigates the Mesopotamian roots of two key monotheist characters, Adam and Noah, and their stories, through an exhaustive reading of relevant texts from the ancient literature; it includes original Arabic transliterations, and Arabic and English translations of sections from Akkadian and Sumerian inscriptions, and the Hebrew Genesis. The common, biblical beliefs in an initial, single human creation, and a subsequent survival of a punishing, catastrophic flood were among the key forming pillars of the Near East monotheist religions. The other key pillar was, arguably, the belief in the existence of a one, supreme god and creator. However, neither the two stories of human creation and catastrophic flood, nor the belief in one supreme god, were originally introduced by these monotheist religions. Key inscriptions from ancient Mesopotamia have clearly indicated that various versions of these beliefs were commonplace for thousands of years before. Despite the differences in details, and at times ambiguities, the monotheist faiths seem to have derived their defining themes from one source: early Mesopotamian mythology. Unfortunately, several key inscriptional facts supporting this hypothesis were lost in the current transliterations, translations, and interpretations of the ancient texts.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Noah and the Mesopotamian Mythology of Flood and Survival
21
Translations and Arabic Transliterations of Relevant Passages
37
Relevant Readings from the Myth of Adapa
63
Relevant Readings from the Sumerian Eridu Genesis
91
Part 11 References
105
Part 12 References
149
Part 15 References
177
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About the author (2020)

Saad D. Abulhab is a known Arabic type designer, librarian, systems engineer, and independent scholar of the ancient Near East languages and scripts. Born 1958 in Sacramento, California, and grew up in Iraq. He moved to New York in 1979, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science. He is currently working for the City University of New York as an Adjunct Associate Professor and University System Librarian. Author of more than five books offering many new original translations, transliterations, and research findings. Prior to his new readings in this book of several ancient Mesopotamian tablets and relevant parts of the Hebrew Genesis manuscript, Mr. Abulhab offered equally important new readings of several tablets from the Epic of Gilgamesh and the full text of the Codex of Hammurabi, which were published as books in 2016 and 2017. In addition to his pioneer readings of the ancient Mesopotamian languages, he had also offered important new readings of the major Nabataean and early Arabic inscriptions, and significant contributions in the study of the pre-Islamic Arabic Musnad script, and the early Quranic Arabic Kufic script.