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House of weeping : the motif of tears in Akkadian and Hebrew prayers

Author: David Alan Bosworth
Publisher: Atlanta : SBL Press, [2019] ©2019
Series: Ancient Near East monographs, v. 24.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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David Bosworth draws on modern research on weeping to understand references to the petitioner's tears in biblical and other ancient Near Eastern prayers. Weeping reflects helplessness and being overwhelmed with emotion, and tears can motivate others to help. Similarly, people turn to prayer at times of extreme distress; therefore, weeping and prayer reinforce one another as strategies to move the deity to offer  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Alan Bosworth
ISBN: 0884143503 9780884143505 1628372354 9781628372359
OCLC Number: 1059266487
Description: xv, 166 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Preface --
List of abbreviations --
1. Prayer and weeping --
Attachment theory --
Social sharing of emotion --
The inner voice, or the dialogic mind --
Weeping --
Method --
2. Weeping in Akkadian prayers --
Šuillas --
Eršaḫungas --
Dingiršadabbas --
Namburbis --
Ikribus --
Tamītus --
Letter prayers --
Royal prayers --
Hymns --
Language of weeping --
Divine anger and human tears --
3. Weeping in Hebrew psalms --
Individual laments --
Communal laments --
Thanksgiving psalms --
Others prayers --
Language of weeping --
Divine anger and human tears --
4. Comparative Perspectives --
Works cited --
Indices.
Series Title: Ancient Near East monographs, v. 24.
Responsibility: by David A. Bosworth.

Abstract:

David Bosworth draws on modern research on weeping to understand references to the petitioner's tears in biblical and other ancient Near Eastern prayers. Weeping reflects helplessness and being overwhelmed with emotion, and tears can motivate others to help. Similarly, people turn to prayer at times of extreme distress; therefore, weeping and prayer reinforce one another as strategies to move the deity to offer assistance. Bosworth finds that prayers that mention weeping also indicate that the deity is angry, so tears are a means of calming divine wrath. The book includes comparisons of Hebrew Psalms and Akkadian prayers with reference to modern scientific research on weeping.

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