This anthology brought together the most important historical, legal, mythological, liturgical, and secular texts of the ancient Near East, with the purpose of providing a rich contextual base for understanding the people, cultures, and literature of the Old Testament A scholar of religious thought and biblical archaeology, James Pritchard recruited the foremost linguists, historians, and archaeologists to select and translate the texts The goal, in his words, was a better understanding of the likenesses and differences which existed between Israel and the surrounding cultures Before the publication of these volumes, students of the Old Testament found themselves having to search out scattered books and journals in various languages This anthology brought these invaluable documents together, in one place and in one language, thereby expanding the meaning and significance of the Bible for generations of students and readers As one reviewer put it, This great volume is one of the most notable to have appeared in the field of Old Testament scholarship this century Princeton published a follow up companion volume, The Ancient Near East in Pictures Relating to the Old Testament 1954 , and later a one volume abridgment of the two, The Ancient Near East An Anthology of Texts and Pictures 1958 The continued popularity of this work in its various forms demonstrates that anthologies have a very important role to play in education and in the mission of a university press....
|Title||:||Ancient Near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament with Supplement|
|Publisher||:||Princeton University Press 3 edition December 1, 1969|
|Number of Pages||:||735 pages|
|File Size||:||885 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Ancient Near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament with Supplement Reviews
This is the essential compendium of source material for anyone interested in studying early history in the Levant.
Huge book, tiny type! That said, really fun to read and think about. It's fascinating to learn what other cultures/times thought. Makes one stop and truly discern what is truth.
For teachers of the Bible, this book is absolutely essential. It contains translations of all the ancient near eastern extra-biblical texts that are relevant towards an adequate understanding of the Hebrew Scriptures, which themselves were written in an ancient near eastern culture that it mirrors in so many ways. Simply compare the texts about slavery or goring oxen in Exodus chapter 21 and very similar texts in the Code of Hammurabi, or the Flood Narrative in Genesis 5-9 and the story of Utnapishtim in the Epic of Gilgamesh.
Excellent resource book. It was totally a splurge, but well worth it!
A standard reference for serious Bible teachers. Unsurpassed and authoritative; wish I had bought it sooner. Would make a great gift.
Ancient Near Eastern Texts (aka ANET) is a phenomenal work that has withstood time. It is a foundational tool for those studying the ancient texts that are found OUTSIDE the Bible, yet paint a picture of the time, people, and places around the Old Testament. His treatment of several ancient texts from various cultures is greatly appreciated, and it can be clearly seen why this resource is reference time and time again at the highest levels of academia.
Best resource, in my opinion, for those interested in ancient near eastern texts. Worth every penny and more...You won't be disappointed.