The Treasures of Darkness: A History of Mesopotamian Religion

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Yale University Press, 1976 - Social Science - 273 pages
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" ... No one can plausibly deny that the religious development of the peoples of Canaan (and indeed of all the ancient world around the eastern Mediterranean to the Indus river) were affected by the cultural and religious developments in Mesopotamia, the centre of the region, and a fertile region second to none known in the world, on a par with the Nile, around which another major civilization arose. This is a text of history of Mesopotamia in its own right. By the time history gets back this far, the lines become very blurred, rather like parallel lines intersecting on the horizon. Literature, religion, archaeology, sociology, psychology -- all of these disciplines become intertwined in Jacobsen's text as he looks at Sumerian society. The book is organized with an introduction, then according to time divisions of fourth, third, and second millennia, then concludes with an epilogue into the first millennium, during which the Bible as we know it (and most ancient history such as is commonly known occurred) came to be"--Amazon.com.
 

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Contents

Dying Gods of Fertility
23
The Cosmos a Polity
75
Individual Divine Figures
93
Rise of Personal Religion
145
The Creation Epic
165
The Gilgamesh Epic
193
Epilogue
221
Abbreviations
241
Notes
245
Index
261
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