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962Parpola's thesis & Jacobsen

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  • Cynthia Edenburg
    Apr 1, 2006
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      --- In ANE-2@yahoogroups.com, "Trudy Kawami" <tkawami@...> wrote:
      > The explication of Parpola's theory of the tree does not explain
      > anything about the Assyrian image; it just cloaks it in mystery,
      the
      > very opposite of the goal of scholarship. The result tells us more
      about
      > Parpola than the Assyrians.<snip> Parpola's theories clearly
      resonate in this New Age when even pop stars
      > study the Kabbalah. However, this tells us more about ourselves
      than 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?

      Cynthia Edenburg
      The Open University of Israel, Ra'anana
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