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Prophets and prophecy in the ancient Near East

Author: Martti Nissinen; Robert Kriech Ritner; C L Seow; Peter Machinist
Publisher: Atlanta, GA : Society of Biblical Literature, ©2003.
Series: Writings from the ancient world, no. 12.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Prophecy was a widespread phenomenon, not only in ancient Israel but in the ancient Near East as a whole. This is the first book to gather the available ancient Near Eastern, extra-biblical sources containing prophetic words or references to prophetic activities. Among the 140 texts included in this volume are oracles of prophets, personal letters, formal inscriptions, and administrative documents from ancient  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Martti Nissinen; Robert Kriech Ritner; C L Seow; Peter Machinist
ISBN: 158983027X 9781589830271
OCLC Number: 51969302
Description: xxi, 273 pages : maps ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Translations --
Other documents from Mari --
Esnunna Oracles --
Ninevah Oracles --
Other neo-assyrian documents --
Miscellaneous cuneiform sources --
West Semitic sources --
Report of Wenamon.
Series Title: Writings from the ancient world, no. 12.
Responsibility: by Martti Nissinen with contributions by C.L. Seow and Robert K. Ritner ; edited by Peter Machinist.
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Prophecy was a widespread phenomenon, not only in ancient Israel but in the ancient Near East as a whole. This is the first book to gather the available ancient Near Eastern, extra-biblical sources containing prophetic words or references to prophetic activities. Among the 140 texts included in this volume are oracles of prophets, personal letters, formal inscriptions, and administrative documents from ancient Mesopotamia and Levant from the second and first millennia B.C.E. Most of the texts come from Mari and Assyria. In addition, the volume provides new translations of the relevant section of the Egyptian Report of Wenamon, by Robert K. Ritner, and of various texts from Syria-Palestine containing allusions to prophets and prophetic activities, by C.L. Seow. By collecting and presenting evidence of the activities of prophets and the phenomenon of prophecy from all over the ancient Near East, the volume illumines the cultural background of biblical prophecy and its parallels. It provides scholars of the history, religions, and cultural traditions of the ancient Near East with important information about different types and forms of transmissions of divine words, and makes these valuable primary source materials accessible to students and general readers in contemporary English along with transcriptions of the original languages, indexes, and extensive bibliography.

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