Babylonian Wisdom Literature

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Clarendon Press, 1960 - Akkadian language - 358 pages
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In Babylonian studies 'Wisdom' is used to cover a group of texts similar in scope to the Biblical Wisdom books: discussions on the problem of suffering, teaching on the good life, fables or contest literature, and proverbs. These texts are not only of considerable literary merit, but are also of great importance to all students of the ancient Near East as revealing the thought pattern of the ancient Babylonians. Hitherto they have lain scattered in dozens of books and journals; now for the first time they are collected in a single volume. The editor has copied anew all the cuneiform tablets on which they are inscribed, and has found unpublished material, so that the texts are now presented in a more complete and accurate form than was possible previously. In addition to the cuneiform copies each work is given in translation and transliteration, and an introductory chapter sets forth the cosmological background against which the works are to be set. Philological notes and a glossary complete the volume. (Book jacket).

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Contents

THE DIALOG UE OF PESSIMISM
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THE POEM OF THE RIGHTEOUS SUFFERERLudlul bel nmeqi
21
THE BABYLONIAN THEODIC Y
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