Babylonian Wisdom Literature
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. The cuneiform texts have been copied direct from the tablets and are accompanied by both transliteration and translation. An introductory chapter describes the cosmological background against which the works are to be set. Philological notes and a glossary complete the volume.
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This book demonstrates the Babylonian originals of the biblical books of Job, Proverbs and Ecclesiates, and the author makes a convincing case for the derivation of these biblical books from their ... Read full review
Million thanks to persons and organizations that published this wonderful book in print and in internet-friendly version. I advise every person that has some knowledge of the English language -- to read parts of this book often, especially the text at page 61 of the Righteous Sufferer; I am unable to detect if there are inaccuracies in the translation from the cuneiform writing of this text into English, inasmuch as I have not been able to master the cuneiform writing to that high level, but the English translation of this text is very pleasant to read. This work of Wilfred G. Lambert is great and deserves to be praised with most lofty phrases. Eisebrauns Publishers have done great work for republishing this book. Google Books is great for choosing this book.
Dr. Natela Borisovna POPKHADZE, Head of the Scholarly Information Center at Phassis National Academy in Tbilisi.