Cuneiform Inscriptions in the Collection of the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem: The Old Babylonian Inscriptions

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Joan Goodnick Westenholz, Aage Westenholz
Brill, 2006 - Foreign Language Study - 191 pages
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This volume offers new cuneiform sources on the political, religious, juridical, and economic history of southern Babylonia in the nineteenth and early eighteenth centuries B.C.E. Among these texts is a 600-lines long document (no. 1) recording in unusual detail the daily routine followed in the temples of the city of Larsa and thus sheds light on the religious practices of the ancient Babylonians. Using this document as its point of departure, the first part of the book examines those practices - the service of the gods and the performance of the clergy. This document is especially important for the history of ancient religion.

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Joan Goodnick Westenholz, Ph.D. (1971), in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, University of Chicago currently holds the posts of Chief Curator of the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem and Senior Visiting Associate on the Chicago Assyrian Dictionary Project of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. She has published extensively on Babylonian religion and literature as well as numerous articles concentrating on issues of gender, women, and goddesses. Under her authorship the previous publication of the museum collection, Cuneiform Inscriptions in the Collection of the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem: The Emar Tablets, appeared as volume 13 in the series Cuneiform Monographs (Styx, 2000).Aage Westenholz, MA (1968) in Semitic Philology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark currently holds the post of Assistant Professor in Assyriology at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He has published extensively, particularly on third-millennium Mesopotamian history and culture.

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