962Parpola's thesis & Jacobsen
- Apr 1, 2006--- In ANEfirstname.lastname@example.org, "Trudy Kawami" <tkawami@...> wrote:
> The explication of Parpola's theory of the tree does not explainthe
> anything about the Assyrian image; it just cloaks it in mystery,
> very opposite of the goal of scholarship. The result tells us moreabout
> Parpola than the Assyrians.<snip> Parpola's theories clearlyresonate in this New Age when even pop stars
> study the Kabbalah. However, this tells us more about ourselvesthan the
> ancient Assyrians.This reminds of a comment Jonas Greenfield made, that Jacobsen's
description of Mesopotamian religion was more likely a reflection of
J's own pantheistic tendencies.
How well have Jacobsen's views on Mesopotamian religion actually
stood the test of time?
The Open University of Israel, Ra'anana
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