Reading Akkadian Prayers and Hymns: An Introduction
edited by Alan Lenzi
SBL Press, 2011
eISBN: 978-1-58983-596-2 | Paper: 978-1-58983-595-5
Library of Congress Classification BL1620.R43 2011
Dewey Decimal Classification 299.21


A thorough text for students of ancient Mesopotamian religion and the Hebrew Bible

Alan Lenzi places Akkadian prayers and hymns within both a religious studies perspective and a Mesopotamian studies perspective. Complete with vocabulary glosses, grammatical notes, literary commentary, and comparative suggestions to biblical material, this book provides a crucial tool for accessing ancient texts related to our understanding of the Hebrew Bible.


  • Background essays

  • Discussion of classes of Mesopotamian prayers and their comparative use in biblical studies

  • Akkadian text, transliteration, translation, and commentary

  • Notes on vocabulary and grammar

Alan Lenziis Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near East at University of the Pacific. He is the author of Secrecy and the Gods: Secret Knowledge in Ancient Mesopotamia and Biblical Israel (Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project).

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