Answered By: Jeffrey Orrico Last Updated: Feb 01, 2017 Views: 25
Ancient Near Eastern texts are often studied and compared with parallel Biblical writings. For example, the Akkadian “Poem of the Righteous Sufferer” and the “Dialogue of Pessimism” can be contrasted with the Book of Job in the Hebrew Scriptures. For scholarly research, it is important to use translations by recognized experts, so a simple Google® search won’t do.
The library has several books with edited collections of such texts (encompassing Egyptian, Sumerian, Akkadian, Hittite, Ugaritic, Mesopotamian, Babylonian, Palestinian, Canaanite, and Aramaic literature:
The ancient Near East; an anthology of texts and pictures. Translators and annotators: W. F. Albright / edited by James B. Pritchard. (1958). [BS1180.P82 1958 ]
Ancient Near Eastern texts : relating to the Old Testament / edited by James B. Pritchard. (1969). [REF BS1180.P83 1969]
Ancient Near Eastern texts relating to the Old Testament. Translators and annotators: W.F. Albright / edited by James B. Pritchard. (1955). [BS1180.P83 1955]
- Canonical compositions, monumental inscriptions and archival documents from the biblical world [electronic resource] / editor, William W. Hallo ; associate editor, K.Lawson Younger. (2003). [eBrary]
Several highly-regarded academic libraries offer digital libraries of these works as well:
Cuneiform Digital Initiative (UCLA) - http://cdli.ucla.edu/wiki/doku.php/
- Gateways to Babylon - http://www.gatewaystobabylon.com/
- Babylonian and Assyrian Poetry - http://www.soas.ac.uk/baplar/
English translations of other ancient texts, for example, Chinese, are also available; ask a reference librarian for assistance.