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Ancient Near Eastern Studies: Mesopotamia

W. G. Lambert

in The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Studies

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780199237777
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199237777.003.0004

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Ancient Near Eastern Studies: Mesopotamia

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This article discusses the impact of ancient Near Eastern studies on biblical scholarship, focusing on written remains of all kinds. Ancient Mesopotamia has yielded tens of thousands of clay tablets with cuneiform inscriptions, apart from monumental stone inscriptions and inscriptions on other media. Palestine and Syria, by contrast, 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: biblical scholarship; biblical history; ancient Mesopotamia; ancient Near East; cuneiform

Article.  5608 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religion in the Ancient World ; Religious Studies ; Comparative Religion

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