Myths of Enki, the Crafty God

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9780195055023: Myths of Enki, the Crafty God

This study brings together translations of the ancient literature concerning the Sumerian god Enki, one of four gods and goddesses who comprised the highest level of the Sumerian pantheon. The very existence of these writings, which date from the Third Millenium BC, was unknown until about 100 years ago, when their cuneiform script was deciphered. Since that time, it has become apparent that Sumerian literature had a profound and enduring influence on both Biblical and classical Greek literature. The author has provided an interpretive framework that places the translations of these myths and other texts in a broader comparative cultural context. The volume should be of use to students of Near Eastern and Biblical studies.

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