The Chaldean Account of Genesis: Containing the Description of the Creation, the Fall of Man, the Deluge, the Tower of Babel, the Desruction of Sodom, the Times of the Patriarchs, and Nimrod

The Chaldean Account of Genesis: Containing the Description of the Creation, the Fall of Man, the Deluge, the Tower of Babel, the Desruction of Sodom, the Times of the Patriarchs, and Nimrod

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Overview

The Assyriologist George Smith (1840–76) was trained originally as an engraver, but was enthralled by the discoveries of Layard and Rawlinson. He taught himself cuneiform script, and joined the British Museum as a 'repairer' or matcher of broken cuneiform tablets. Promotion followed, and after one of Smith's most significant discoveries among the material sent to the Museum - a Babylonian story of a great flood - he was sent to the Middle East, where he found more inscriptions which contained other parts of the epic tale of Gilgamesh. In 1876, shortly before his early death, Smith published this work, which drew extraordinary parallels between much earlier cuneiform documents and the biblical book of Genesis. The book was both controversial and very successful. The second edition, reissued here, was published in 1880, with corrections and additional material provided by Archibald Sayce (1846–1933), which reflected recent advances in Middle Eastern studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108079013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/01/2015
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Archaeology Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 378
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. The discovery of the Genesis legends; 2. Babylonian and Assyrian literature; 3. Chaldean legends transmitted through Berosus and other ancient authors; 4. Babylonian mythology; 5. Babylonian legend of the creation; 6. Other Babylonian accounts of the creation; 7. The sign of the god Zu; 8. The exploits of Dibbara; 9. Babylonian fables; 10. Fragments of miscellaneous texts; 11. The Izdubar legends; 12. Meeting of Hea-Bani and Izdubar; 13. Destruction of the tyrant Khumbaba; 14. The adventures of Istar; 15. Illness and wanderings of Izdubar; 16. The story of the flood and conclusion; 17. Conclusion; Index.

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