trace the origins of money to Mesopotamian temples and palaces, which developed an elaborate system of internal accounting of credits and debts (Hudson, 2003).
For readers, he has in mind assyriologists
, semitists, and linguists interested in Old Assyrian grammar per se from a descriptive perspective, but also philologists working on the Old Assyrian texts.
Readership of the book will be constituted by Assyriologists
, but, more generally, by students of theology, biblical studies, and comparative religious studies.
Several decades ago the assyriologists
Edith Porada and Briggs Buchanan recognized this seal design as astronomical, pointing out that the Goat and the Lion-Griffin were neighboring Sumerian constellations, occupying the stars of Lyra and Cygnus-Cepheus, respectively.
BABYLON will adopt an interdisciplinary approach by bringing together Assyriologists
and Biblical scholars for a much-needed dialogue, thereby exploding the artificial boundaries that currently exist in the academic landscape between these two fields.
Seemingly, the stonecutter who incised the Monolith Inscription was not at the top of his profession, for modern Assyriologists
with their own more precise mastery of Akkadian cuneiform have detected some fifty linguistic and orthographic errors in the text, ten of them in this campaign of the year 853.
hoping] that this combination satisfies the interest of both historians and Assyriologists
But there is a massive consensus among Old Testament scholars and Assyriologists
that the genealogies in the early chapters of Genesis (4, 5, 10, and 11) are no more historical than the narratives they intersperse.
, and one scholar of Greek compare Babylonian medicine with other contemporary systems of medicine in the region, explore the relationships between magic and medicine, and examine the social role of medicine and therapy within Babylonian society.
This text-based approach to antiquity meant that Assyriologists
were only interested in participating in excavations if they thought there was a chance of unearthing an archive of tablets.
Apart from the notorious "Bible-Babel" debate among scholars affirming or denying Gilgamesh's kinships to biblical tales, of which the flood story is but one, interpretations of the epic by Assyriologists
and biblical scholars have widely varied.
Saggs who was one of the "greatest Assyriologists
of his generation", according to his obituary.