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  • Series: Ancient Texts and Translations
  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Pub (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597523577
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597523578
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steve Reina VINE VOICE on February 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is an amazing book that is well worth the purchase price for any of the translations found within it let alone all of them.

In this book, you will read:

-- The translated text of the Babylonian Flood story. By reading the text you can see the elements of the biblical flood story in another story written some one thousand years earlier. Where did the bible stories originally come from? Fortunately, this translation is but one of many in this book that will inspire thought and wonder.

-- The translated text of the Merneptah Stele. Put to stone in 1215 BCE the Merneptah Stele essentially tells the Egyptian version of a great campaign of conquest waged by the Pharoah Merneptah (son to Ramses II the Great...the traditionally reputed Pharoah of the biblical Exodus). Read properly, one could take this to be the original telling of the Egyptian version of the Exodus. See my review of Asimov's Guide to the Bible for more details.

-- The translated text of the Code of Hammurabi. Inscribed in 1750 or so BCE, it may well be the first recorded law code. This is significant because merely oral law codes only have the consistently and fairness their reciter imputes to them. The merger of the art of writing with the rendition of written law may well have been the inspiration for the axial age itself. See my review of Karen Armstrong's The Great Transformation and also Jack Goody's Writing and the Organization of Society for more details.

-- The Egyptian Tale of Two Brothers. This tale is significant for its many points of literary similarity to the tale of Potipher/Potiphera (Potipher's wife) in the biblical Joseph cycle in Genesis. Just how free were the original bible writers in the practice of their craft and if they were limited, why?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kelz on August 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have an older, probably less edited version of this book that I picked up at a used book store locally, but I would highly recommend reading it! You can read through various documents that were recorded in ancient historical cultures. Since the listing here doesn't really explain what's in this book, I will give you a quick rundown of the materials in it.

Cuneiform documents such as the Epic of Creation, The Law Code of Hammurabi, Nebuchadrezzar's Expedition to Syria, The Cyrus Cylinder, The Story of the Flood, Letters from Tell El-Amarna, Historical Records and Assyria and Babylonia, The Jehoiachin Tablets, Texts relating to Nabonidus, The Murashu Tablets, The Babylonian Theodicy, Babylonian Moral Teachings, Prayer to Any God, and Texts from Ras Shamra.

Egyptian documents in this book include - The Hymn to Aten, The 'Israel Stele' of Merenptah, The Tale of Two Brothers, The Teaching of Amenemope, The Penitential Psalm, The Instruction for King Meri-ka-re, A Dispute over Suicide, and Love Songs.

One Moabite Document - The Moabite Stone.

Hebrew Documents - The Gezer Calendar, Inscribed Potsherds from Samaria, The Siloam Inscription, Letters from Lachish, and Hebrew documents relating to seals, weights, and coins.

Aramaic Documents - The Milqart Stele, The Zakir Stele, Letter from Saqqarah, Papyri from Elephantine, The Words of Ahikar.

Hope this review has helped you to determine whether or not you want this book. If you are interested in ancient cultures, spirituality, and mythology, this book will be of interest to you!
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