Archaeological and Ethnological Papers of the Peabody Museum Volume 2

Archaeological and Ethnological Papers of the Peabody Museum Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...Arabia and one of its great centres was the flourishing land of Saba or Sheba, whose queen visited Solomon at Jerusalem. The starcult of the Saba;ans is acknowledged to have resembled that of the ancient inhabitants of Syria, Mesopotamia, Persia and India. We are told that a certain sect amongst them " believed in a great cycle of time in which certain epochs of the world's history recurred"--an idea akin to ancient Mexican speculative philosophy. It is also stated that one of the chief centres of Sabreism was the town of Harran in Mesopotamia and that, although surrounded by Christianity, this ancient form of star-worship maintained itself here until the Middle Ages. The possibility that the Mandaites of to-day may be the descendants of the ancient inhabitants of Harran is naturally suggested by this historical fact. A curious detail concerning monarchical succession in Shebahas been preserved to us. The king was kept in an enforced seclusion in his palace and incurred the penalty of death if he left it. His office was not hereditary but fell to the first son who was born amongst the nobility, after a king's accession to the throne. In this custom, a curious parallel of which is furnished by the Thibetan mode of electing the " living Buddha," some readers may be inclined to find an explanation for the massacre of the babes ordered by Herod when he learned that the wise men of the East, guided by a star, had designated "a young child" as the future "King of the Jews." It is an interesting reflection that, to many of his contemporaries, the establishment of the "Kingdom of Heaven," announced by the Messiah, may have appeared as a movement to revive the most ancient form of government and to...
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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 449g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236580494
  • 9781236580498