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An Introduction to Ancient Mesopotamian Religion (History of Religion) [Paperback]

Tammi J. Schneider
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21 Jan 2011 History of Religion
In An Introduction to Mesopotamian Religion Tammi J. Schneider offers readers a basic guide to the religion of the peoples living in the region of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers from the beginning of the Bronze Age to the time of Alexander the Great and Darius III. Drawing from extant texts, artifacts, and architecture, Schneider reveals a complex, fluid, and highly ritualized polytheism and describes both its intriguing pantheon of deities and the religious experience of the people who spent their lives serving and appeasing them.

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  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (21 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802829597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802829597
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.4 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 754,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tammi J. Schneider is professor of religion at Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California, and is codirector of excavations at Tell el-Farah, Israel. Her other books include Sarah: Mother of Nations.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful for a quick review on the topic 15 Mar 2014
By JT
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I purchased this book a few years ago before an exam I had on the topic. It beautifully summarizes the topic of Mesopotamian religion and is dutifully divided in short and clear chapters. I reccommend this book to anyone who needs to clear their head on such a complicated historical period!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mesopotamian religion introduced - helpful and quick 16 Sep 2013
By Robert Spender - Published on Amazon.com
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Schneider's book is a fun read for folks interested in things ancient Mesopotamian. The book is brief but well organized. Helpful introductory material (tools for study and a summary of history) set the stage for a chapter by chapter discussion of significant areas related to the broad area of the ancient Mesopotamian religion. Key categories are dealt with in a concise and informative fashion that provides enough data to cover each area yet in a way that is easily grasped by those newer to the topic.

The uneven assessment of some areas is a minor flaw of the book. In her discussion of the Sacred Marriage Schneider notes the information gap between the 3rd and 1st millennia and raises a note of caution about conclusions that are based upon a seamless treatment of the materials. Yet, in her discussion of prophecy, an area far inferior to divination in ancient Mesopotamia, she does not raise the same warning about the seamless use of prophecy texts from Mari (18th century) with the prophecy texts from Neo-Assyria (8th century).

A strength of Schneider's book is her use of basic and accessible works, even for primary sources, that will allow readers to investigate more fully her major points. The book is informative, well balanced and enjoyable so highly recommended as Schneider clearly achieves her goal.
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit on the surface of things but well done 24 Aug 2013
By Sergio Daneluzzi - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm no expert on the subject and really not in a position to review this study. It seems to me though that the author, while certainly an expert, avoids to tackle the deeper issues of his material, remaining at a very introductory level and often repeating previously stated concepts. Which is fine if this is a text for students, and it certainly contains a wealth of information. I personally would have preferred a bolder attempt of interpretation in what is certainly a very fascinating subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and accessible 2 Jan 2013
By J. Hiebert - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. Schneider presents ancient mesopotamian religion in a way that is clear and easy to read. This is, as the book admits, only an introduction, but it is a very good introduction.
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