Prophets and Prophecy in the Ancient Near East / Edition 1

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Overview

Prophecy was a widespread phenomenon, not only in ancient Israel but in the ancient Near East as a whole. This is the first book to gather the available ancient Near Eastern, extrabiblical sources containing prophetic words or references to prophetic activities. Among the 140 texts included in this volume are oracles of prophets, personal letters, formal inscriptions, and administrative documents from ancient Mesopotamia and Levant from the second and first millennia BCE. Most of the texts come from Mari (eighteenth century BCE) and Assyria (seventh century BCE). In addition, the volume provides new translations of the relevant section of the Egyptian Report of Wenamon, by Robert K. Ritner, and of various texts from Syria-Palestine containing allusions to prophets and prophetic activities, by C. L. Seow. By collecting and presenting evidence of the activities of prophets and the phenomenon of prophecy from all over the ancient Near East, the volume illumines the cultural background of biblical prophecy and its parallels. It provides scholars of the history, religions, and cultural traditions of the ancient Near East with important information about different types and forms of transmission of divine words, and makes these valuable primary source materials accessible to students and general readers in contemporary English along with transcriptions of the original languages, indexes, and an extensive bibliography.

Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature (www.sbl-site.org)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589830271
  • Publisher: Society of Biblical Literature
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: Writings from the Ancient World
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Martti Nissinen, Ph.D. (1991), University of Helsinki, is Senior Researcher, Academy of Finland. He teaches Hebrew Bible at the University of Helsinki, publishes and lectures extensively on prophecy in the ancient Near East, and is one of the translators of the New Finnish Bible (1992).

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword
Abbreviations
Explanation of Signs
Chronological Tables
Maps
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
I Mari Letters 13
II Other Documents from Mari 79
III Esnunna Oracles 93
IV Nineveh Oracles 97
V Other Neo-Assyrian Documents 133
VI Miscellaneous Cuneiform Sources 179
VII West Semitic Sources 201
VIII Report of Wenamon 219
Concordances 221
Bibliography 223
Glossary 261
Indexes 269
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