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Bibil Identifier bibil:201778
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) Babylonian Oracle Questions
Author Lambert, W.G.
Series Mesopotamian Civilizations (Volume: 13)
Year (Publication) 2007
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2007
Year (Copyright) 2007
Year (Reference) 2007
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature UPB 7368
Place 22:809.212
Publishing house Eisenbrauns
Place Winona Lake, Indiana
ISBN 978-1-57506-136-8
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages xiv Pages
216 Pages
height in cm 29
Genre Original
Abstract The Babylonian tamitu texts are a corpus of questions addressed to the sun-god Shamash and the storm-god Adad jointly. Professional diviners were employed to put the questions with the appropriate rites and to formulate the wording correctly, since the only answer would be "yes" or "no." Thus the questions had to include a detailed exposition of the matter, and they open up intimate glances of things not otherwise available. Kings ask whether they should undertake a certain campaign, laying out a detailed plan of action. At the other end of the scale, a man wants to know whether his wife is telling him the truth. All tablets are of first millennium B.C. date, though some of the questions date from the second millennium B.C. Scribes copied out questions to serve as models for later use.
In this volume W.G. Lambert has gathered together all the known material, including 54 tablets and fragments not previously published. All are given in cuneiform copy, transliteration, translation, with notes and an introduction. By far the greater part of this material has not been edited before.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Religion : Shamash
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Mesopotamia (Elam, Mari, Sumer, Babylon, Assyria) : Mesopotamia (in general) : Literature : Rituals and Magical Texts
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Mesopotamia (Elam, Mari, Sumer, Babylon, Assyria) : Mesopotamia (in general) : Religion
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