Texts and Contexts: The Circulation and Transmission of by Paul Delnero, Jacob Lauinger

By Paul Delnero, Jacob Lauinger

This quantity assembles students engaged on cuneiform texts from varied classes, genres, and parts to check the variety of social, cultural, and historic contexts within which particular forms of texts circulated. utilizing diverse methodologies and assets of facts, those articles reconstruct the contexts within which a variety of cuneiform texts circulated, offering a serious framework to figure out how they functioned.

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46 Daniel E. Fleming therefore that the practice of composing ritual texts likewise begins with Ba‘luqarrad, and text B/C of Emar 369 could represent an early example. If so, the idea of identifying certain local events by the “festival” category ezen, well known in Hittite ritual texts found at Ḫattuša, would have originated before the family’s involvement in the reproduction of scholarly literature. The installation festival for the storm god’s priestess at Emar leaves as many questions open as it offers answers to issues of context, yet the detail available for probing the diviner’s archive in the building M-1 allows us to examine with rare tools the interaction of textual production with practical use.

It is likewise possible that the storm god’s priestess had a West Semitic title that was equated in ritual writing with the prestigious eastern Mesopotamian entu. In my title, I have enjoyed the alliteration possible with the Akkadian term, but throughout, I will simply call her the “priestess” of the storm god. 30 Daniel E. Fleming I am still pleased with what I learned from this early study, which resulted in a new edition with commentary and initial orientation to the collection as a whole. At the same time, the degree of my ignorance about Emar and its finds takes my breath away.

Robson, Eleanor. 1999. Mesopotamian Mathematics, 2100–1600 BC: Technological Constraints in Bureaucracy and Education. Oxford: Clarendon. Robson, Eleanor. 2001. The Tablet House: A Scribal School in Old Babylonian Nippur. RA 95: 39–66. Selz, Gebhard. 1999. Vom “vergangenen Geschehen” zur “Zukunftsbewältigung”: Überlegungen zur Rolle der Schrift in Ökonomie und Geschichte. Pp. 465–512 in 26 Paul Delnero and Jacob Lauinger Munuscula Mesopotamica: Festschrift für Johannes Renger, ed. Barbara Böck et al.

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