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Babylonian and Assyrian text commentaries : origins of interpretation

Author: Eckart Frahm
Publisher: Münster, Germany : Ugarit-Verlag, 2011.
Series: Guides to the Mesopotamian textual record, v. 5.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The systematic study of written texts began, not in Biblical Israel or the classical world, but in ancient Mesopotamia. Nearly one thousand clay tablets from Babylonia and Assyria, dating from the eighth to the second century BCE, comprise the earliest substantial corpus of text commentaries known from anywhere in the world. Texts commented on by Mesopotamian scholars include literary works, rituals and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Commentaries
Texts Commentaries
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eckart Frahm
ISBN: 386835056X 9783868350562
OCLC Number: 741624931
Description: xi, 483 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Philology and divination : ancestors and correlates of the commentary tradition --
Temporal and geographical distribution of the commentaries --
Typology of the commentaries --
Hermeneutic techniques used in Babylonian and Assyrian commentaries --
Sources of the explanations --
Texts commented on and their commentaries : an overview --
The socio-cultural milieu of Mesopotamian commentary studies --
Canonization and the formation of the commentary tradition --
Cultic commentaries and other "explanatory" texts --
A case study of Mesopotamian hermeneutics : the reception history of Enūma eliš --
The legacy of Babylonian and Assyrian hermeneutics.
Series Title: Guides to the Mesopotamian textual record, v. 5.
Responsibility: Eckart Frahm.

Abstract:

The systematic study of written texts began, not in Biblical Israel or the classical world, but in ancient Mesopotamia. Nearly one thousand clay tablets from Babylonia and Assyria, dating from the eighth to the second century BCE, comprise the earliest substantial corpus of text commentaries known from anywhere in the world. Texts commented on by Mesopotamian scholars include literary works, rituals and incantations, medical treatises, lexical lists, laws, and, most importantly, omen texts. Frahm's book provides the first comprehensive study of the challenging and so far little studied Babylonian and Assyrian text commentaries. Topics discussed include the place of commentaries in the Mesopotamian philological tradition, cuneiform commentary types, hermeneutic techniques used by the ancient scholars, the sources of their explanations, the socio-cultural milieu of Mesopotamian commentary studies, canonization and the formation of the commentary tradition, the reception history of the Babylonian Epic of Creation, and the legacy of Babylonian and Assyrian hermeneutics. A complete catalogue of the commentaries and full editions of two typical examples complete the study, which is accompanied by a bibliography and ample indexes.

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