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Ancient Near Eastern Studies: Mesopotamia

W. G. Lambert

in The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Studies

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780199254255
Published online April 2009 |

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

Ancient Near Eastern Studies: Mesopotamia

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This chapter discusses how the recovery of documents can improve the understanding of Old Testament. Ancient Mesopotamia has yielded tens of thousands of clay tablets with cuneiform inscriptions as well as monumental stone inscriptions and inscriptions on other media. In contrast, Palestine and Syria have yielded comparatively little inscriptional material, partly because much was written on papyrus and leather, which has not survived, partly because they were less rich than their Mesopotamian neighbours and so produced less written material.

Keywords: Old Testament; biblical scholarship; Hebrew Bible; ancient Israel; Palestine; Syria; ancient Mesopotamia

Chapter.  5559 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies ; Biblical Studies

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