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The Primeval Flood Catastrophe


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Note on Transliteration and Translation Relevant Dates of Ancient Mesopotamia Map of the Ancient Near East Map of Ancient Mesopotamia Introduction 1: Flood Terminology 2: The Primeval Flood Catastrophe Motif 3: Antediluvian Traditions 4: The Flood Epic Conclusion

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Y. S. Chen is Research Fellow (Ancient Near Eastern Studies) at Wolfson College, University of Oxford.


Chen's book is one of the most original and challenging contributions to the study of the Flood story . . . Chen's study is a model of careful, judicious argument and presentation of evidence in support of a thesis, based on wide reading, clearly articulated assumptions, and deep reflections. . . Everyone interested in the interconnections of Sumerian and Old Babylonian Akkadian literature should give this remarkable and meticulously presented inquiry closest attention. Furthermore, any serious study of the Mesopotamian Flood story hereafter will have to give the evidence it presents, as well as its conclusions, careful consideration. * Benjamin Foster, Archiv fur Orientforschung *
Chen's book is a very thorough and theoretically aware examination of the literary evidence for the flood in early Mesopotamian literature. * Andrew George, Journal of the American Oriental Society *
One has to admire the industry, enthusiasm, and creativity with which Chen tackles the antediluvian puzzle. The author exhaustively compiles the sources, which are treated with philological acumen; he puts forward many interesting literary interpretations; and his main point about the rise of the Flood in the OB period is well established. . . . those looking to work with Mesopotamian Flood traditions would be wise to consult this monograph. . . . * Alan Lenzi, History of Religions *
Chen has produced a marvellous study of Mesopotamian flood traditions that has obvious implications for Assyriology-not only for further studies on Mesopotamian flood literature, traditions, and terminology but also for the study of the development of literary traditions in Mesopotamian texts. The work also has implications for biblical scholars interested in flood traditions. This volume will become the standard starting point for anyone examining flood traditions in Mesopotamia but will also be useful for scholars interested in the historical development of ancient traditions. Especially helpful is Chen's integration of multiple methods for interpreting his data. This methodological integration might help scholars working in cognate fields (e.g., Egyptology, biblical studies) as they trace the history of the development of traditions in the texts they study. * Jeffrey L Morrow, Society of Biblical Literature *

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