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Published: 12 December 2013

352 Pages | 16 black-and-white plates


ISBN: 9780199676200

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The Primeval Flood Catastrophe

Origins and Early Development in Mesopotamian Traditions

Y. S. Chen

Oxford Oriental Monographs

  • Discusses all major aspects of Mesopotamian Flood traditions in depth
  • Offers a systematic treatment of the historical development of the Flood traditions, and makes important new observations on the origins and development of the traditions
  • Provides analysis based on an extensive and systematic documentation and analysis of Sumerian and Babylonian flood terms in their literary contexts
  • Unravels the complex historical relationship between the Flood traditions and major literary and historiographical traditions in Mesopotamia
  • Sheds new light on our understanding of each individual source (e.g., the Babylonian Gilgamesh epic) involved
  • Explores the socio-political circumstances in which the Flood traditions emerged and evolved