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- Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
- Format: Paperback | 160 pages
- Dimensions: 150mm x 224mm x 13mm | 249g
- Publication date: 1 August 2011
- Publication City/Country: Grand Rapids
- ISBN 10: 0802829597
- ISBN 13: 9780802829597
- Illustrations note: Illustrations, maps
- Sales rank: 292,739
In An Introduction to Mesopotamian Religion Tammi J. Schneider offers readers a basic guide to the religion of the peoples living in the region of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers from the beginning of the Bronze Age to the time of Alexander the Great and Darius III. Drawing from extant texts, artifacts, and architecture, Schneider reveals a complex, fluid, and highly ritualized polytheism and describes both its intriguing pantheon of deities and the religious experience of the people who spent their lives serving and appeasing them.
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Tammi Schneider has done us all a great service by writing this attractive overview of Mesopotamian religions. The book is encyclopedic in the best sense of the word: comprehensive, reliable, in-depth, and up-to-date, with notes that invite further inspection. It should be useful to students learning about the cultures of the ancient world as well as to teachers in allied specialties. Both length and price are just right. Jack M. Sasson Vanderbilt University Schneider's state-of-the-art introduction is bound to become a standard textbook on Mesopotamian religion. Karel van der Toorn University of Amsterdam Scholars of the ancient Near East have only recently begun to attempt syntheses of their material for the public. Not only does Tammi Schneider take the very complicated topic of Mesopotamian religion and make it understandable to the beginning student, but she also provides a solid framework for understanding the wider context of the Judeo-Christian religious traditions. In addition, her detailed and erudite notes will help the reader who is interested in pursuing further research on the subject of comparative religions. She is to be commended! Mark W. Chavalas University of WisconsinLa Crosse"