1014Re: [ANE-2] Parpola & the Assyrian Tree
- Apr 5, 2006
>Appart from its name, how does the "Tree of Life" in Genesis "some how give
> Victor Hurowitz wrote:
>>I don't see any reason, why not borrow from the Bible, which actually
>>has been done since long ago. "Tree of Life" sounds very good, "Sacred
>>Tree" a little bit empty. What more, the Eden story is a nice example of
>>demythologization, it destroys the common plot by explaining what the
>>trees are good for, fresh from the beginning.
>The problem is that unless there is explicit evidence showing that the
>stylized trees from outside of the Bible some how give life, there is no
>reason to impose this function on them.
>That having been said, I can thinkObviously not a pine cone, since they seem to have always a regular grid on the
>of two basic types of stylized trees: 1) trees which are being tended by
>genies or divine creatures either with or with out the well known bucket
reliefs. Rather the flower clusters of a male date palm, which has been pointed
out already by Felix von Luschan in 1912 (Entstehung der Ionischen Säule,
Leipzig == Der Alte Orient 4, esp. p. 27) and reinvented by B. Neveling Porter
in her JNES article (no. 52 from 1993). So the reliefs would show a way of
pollinating date palms that is still being used. BTW, the Akkadian verb for
this is raka:bu.
>2) trees which seem to be being eaten by animals. The later typeI would be even more cautious. As I said, "tree of life", if used as a
>of representation would be the type of evidence I look for so that I can
>call the trees "tree of life", although in any case I would proceed
technical term does not need to be connected with life at all. I've opened
Eliade's Traité, the reprinted 1949 edition, the relevant chapter is "La
végétation. Symboles et rites de renouvellement" on pp. 229-309. There he has
an "Essai de classification" with seven groups: arbre microcosme, arbre image
du Cosmos, arbre-théophanie cosmique, arbre symbole de la vie, arbre centre du
monde, liens mystique entres arbres et hommes, arbre symbole de resurrection.
There are no clear borders between the various types.
>>This fits well into theAnd what about `s. qd$ in the incantation RS 92.2014 and in Akkadian at
>>terminology of the study of religions. On the other hand, at least in
>>Akkadian and in Ugaritic we have trees that are qd$, quddu$u
>>respectively, which is often being translated as "sacred". So I don't
>>know, why "sacred tree" should be better.
>I think you made a mistake here and mean to say that "at least in Akkadian
>and Ugaritic we DON'T have trees that are qd$, quddu$u".
least $e:p lemutti, 81-82.
>That being theAnd what about discussing the "tree of death" instead?
>case, then the term "sacred tree" is used only because they seem to be
>objects of rituals or associated with recognizably divine creatures.
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