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:

Several highly-regarded academic libraries offer digital libraries of these works as well:

English translations of other ancient texts, for example, Chinese, are also available; ask a reference librarian for assistance.


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