From Adapa to Enoch: Scribal Culture and Religious Vision in by Seth L. Sanders

By Seth L. Sanders

Seth L. Sanders bargains a heritage of first-millennium scribes via their heavenly trips and heroes, treating the visions of historical Mesopotamian and Judean literature as pragmatic issues made by means of humans. He offers each one scribal tradition as a person establishment through specified proof for a way visionary figures have been used through the years. the writer additionally offers the 1st accomplished survey of direct proof for touch among Babylonian, Hebrew, and Aramaic scribal cultures, while and the way they got here to proportion key positive aspects. instead of irrecoverable spiritual adventure, he indicates how perfect scribal 'selves' have been made on hand via rituals documented in texts and associations that made those roles sturdy. He examines how those texts and selves labored jointly to create non secular literature because the global got here to be recognized another way: a historic ontology of first-millennium scribal cultures. the result's as a lot a historical past of technological know-how as a historical past of mysticism, delivering perception into how wisdom of the universe used to be created in historic times.

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