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1960Re: [ANE-2] "Tablets of Shuruppak"

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  • Peter T. Daniels
    Jul 11, 2006
      --- "William D. Tallman" <wdtallman@...> wrote:

      > On Tue, Jul 11, 2006 at 08:37:45AM -0700, Peter T. Daniels wrote:
      > > In a very bad book, *A History of Reading* by Steven Roger Fischer
      > > (2003), I find some bizarre assertions about cuneiform writing
      > backed
      > > up by references to "the Tablets of Shuruppak." CANE tells me that
      > this
      > > presumably refers to the Eblaite-like early Semitic texts from Fara
      > > (studied by Bob Biggs alongside those from Abu Salabikh, which
      > received
      > > renewed attention with the discovery of the Ebla texts), though the
      > > phrase is not used by Assyriologists.
      > >
      > > Google tells me that the phrase appears a few times in webpages of
      > > fundamentalists and Mormons, but none of these appear to give the
      > > source of the term or what was believed to have been contained in
      > them.
      > >
      > > Can anyone explain where these tablets were discussed after their
      > > initial discovery (and, one hopes, publication) that they could
      > have
      > > become a rather obscure component of ANE folklore?

      > Quote:
      > "Shuruppak tablets (Museum signature: Shin): 1,000 tablets and
      > fragments
      > come from this site. The two volumes by Jestin, TSS and NTSS, made
      > some
      > of these tablets known in 1937 and 1957. A project headed by H.
      > Steible
      > and F. Yildiz will reassess this part of the collection. They are
      > currently preparing a complete publication / republication of these
      > texts."

      But whence the "meme" (if you will) "Tablets of Shuruppak" as a corpus
      that contains precious information about pre-biblical peoples and as an
      auhtoritative source of information on the third millennium?

      Peter T. Daniels grammatim@...
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