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Title The Hebrew myths and the Neo-Assyrian empire.
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Degree m_ph
Discipline/Department College of Arts & Law
Degree Level m_ph
University/Publisher University of Birmingham
Abstract This project seeks to study the first expression of Israelite literature which would was elaborated under the shadow of the Neo-Assyrian cultural influence. This occurred approximately between the 9th to 8th centuries BCE, before a transformation triggered off by theological viewpoints held in the southern kingdom of Judah between the 7th to 6th centuries BCE. Thus, we shall be considering the first eleven chapters of Genesis, consisting primarily of Hebrew myth, with a view to identifying Neo- Assyrian influence in the Israelite narrative. The Neo-Assyrian Empire was at the peak of its power between the 9th and 7th centuries BCE. The northern kingdom of Israel became the most important loyal vassal and also the most favored for this Mesopotamian Empire by some cuneiforms sources. Perhaps, due to the Neo-Assyrian influences, the northern kingdom of Israel developed the full complement of the criteria of statehood with a developed bureaucracy in the administration, a sophisticated economic system of credit and records, an impressive building activity and a powerful military development. Considering these records, it is possible to assume an important Neo-Assyrian cultural influence in the elaboration of the first examples of Israelite literature, but the problem lies in trying to find them, or some of their traces, within the biblical narratives. This is the very objective of this dissertation.
Subjects/Keywords DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World; D History (General)
Language en
Rights public ; staffonly
Country of Publication uk
Format application/pdf
Record ID oai:etheses.bham.ac.uk:1722
Repository birmingham
Date Retrieved
Date Indexed 2019-04-03

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