There are few resources for students of the Bible who wish to work with ancient Near Eastern textual materials in the original languages but have only an intermediate level of linguistic aptitude. The field needs something that offers glosses on vocabulary, grammatical notes, basic literary commentary, and comparative suggestions about how the text connects to biblical material. This book provides such a tool for a body of material that has long occupied comparatively inclined biblical scholars. The introduction gives a panoramic overview of Akkadian prayers and hymns, their cultural and literary background, and the history of modern scholarship’s use of these texts for understanding the Hebrew Bible, and the volume offers extensive linguistic, literary, and cultural commentary for the hymns and prayers in a line-by-line manner.
Alan Lenzi is Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East at University of the Pacific. He is the author of Secrecy and the Gods: Secret Knowledge in Ancient Mesopotamia and Biblical Israel (The Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project).
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