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Gilgamesh Epic and Old Testament Parallels / Edition 2

Gilgamesh Epic and Old Testament Parallels / Edition 2

by Alexander HeidelAlexander Heidel


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Cuneiform records made some three thousand years ago are the basis for this essay on the ideas of death and the afterlife and the story of the flood which were current among the ancient peoples of the Tigro-Euphrates Valley. With the same careful scholarship shown in his previous volume, The Babylonian Genesis, Heidel interprets the famous Gilgamesh Epic and other related Babylonian and Assyrian documents. He compares them with corresponding portions of the Old Testament in order to determine the inherent historical relationship of Hebrew and Mesopotamian ideas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226323985
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 09/15/1963
Series: Phoenix Books
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: (w) x (h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Alexander Heidel was at the time of his death in 1955 on the research staff of the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago.

Table of Contents

List of Symbols and Special Characters
I. The Gilgamesh Epic
II. Related Material
III. Death and the Afterlife
IV. The Story of the Flood

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