“The Treasures of Darkness is the culmination of a lifetime’s work, an attempt to summarize and Jacobsen has succeeded brilliantly. Thorkild Jacobsen. The Treasures of Darkness: A History of Mesopotamian Religion. Front Cover. Thorkild Jacobsen. Yale University Press, – Iraq – pages. The Treasures of Darkness: A History of Mesopotamian Religion. Thorkild Jacobsen · International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 11 (2) () .
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Yale University Press Amazon. Jacobsen’s overview of the evolution of religious thought, literature, and ritual in Mesopotamia from the fourth through the first millenium BCE sets a very high bar.
The Treasures of Darkness: A History of Mesopotamian Religion
Jan 21, C. This is a masterwork of one of the great humanists and scholars of our age.
He changed his mind on Gilgamesh several times and has written differently elsewhere of the epic. Jacket has a small nick on the edge of the spine, with a small tear. The basis of Jacobsen’s thesis, as established in the first chapter, is that religion is the human response to confrontation with the numinous power thorkkild phenomena.
In my own studies I have come to place a greater emphasis on artworks than I do on literature – the artistic record goes back to the Neolithic period while useful literate sources only start in the middle of the 3rd millennium. Many of these though not all are new even to the specialist and will repay close study.
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Under this guiding principle, the book traces the chronological development of this response within Mesopotamian culture. He introduces many new transl ations which are much finer than previous versions. Everyone interested in early Mesopotamia, whether specialist, student, or complete layman, should read this book, one of the culminating works of Jacobsen’s long career.
As Jacobsen guides the reader through each metaphor, he also explores the epic narratives which support his thesis including: It is, quite simply, authoritative, based on a vast experience of the ancient Mesopotamian mind, and very well written in the bargain.
Jacobsen illustrates his analysis with extensive use of the source texts – in both translated thorkidl and succinct summaries – from which we know what we do of ancient Mesopotamian religion, including cultic hymns, royal inscriptions, and literary works. Of course that is my observation.
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Advanced Book Search Browse by Subject. The author succeeded in this, and I can recommend this book after Kramer’s book, if only for its second part. This, along with the Uruk vase, places the cult of divine union within the late 4th and tgorkild 3rd millennium and not darkenss earlier. Refresh and try again.
It is, quite simply, authoritative, based on a vast experience of the ancient Mesopotamian mind, and very well written in the bargain. Simply to read th is poetry and the author’s sympathetic commentary is a pleasure and a revel ation.
Jacobsen presents such an appealing narrative of the evolution of Mesopotamian religion and gods; from intransitive embodiments of natural forces, to metaphors of the contemporary political hierarchy “projected back to mythical times and made universal” p. Jacobsen has succeeded brilliantly.
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Beginning in the 4th millennium BCE with the gods experienced as animating forces within the phenomena of greatest significance to agricultural and pastoral subsistence, the centralization of power through the 3 The basis of Jacobsen’s thesis, as established in the first chapter, is that religion is the human response to confrontation with the numinous fhorkild within phenomena. Fagan, History “Jacobsen’s imaginative survey of Mesopotamian religion will arouse discussion and interest.
Kelly James Clark – – Dao: Pages are clean and unmarked. The Treasures of Darkness is the culmination of a lifetime’s work, an attempt to summarize and recreate the spiritual life of Ancient Mesopotamia.
Haslam rated it it jacobsn amazing Shelves: This is an essential read for anyone who is interested in ancient history. The Treasures of Darkness is almost entirely devoted to textual evidence, the more gritty sources of archaeological knowledge being seldom mentioned. Sign up to receive offers and updates: Jacobsen’s interpretations of cuneiform texts and his interpretation of their metaphorical meaning have proven to be very precise, and were essential in my own research.
Otto Pfleiderer – – Thorkildd Reprint Co. The author explores over three thousand years of the religious impulse so to speak from Mesopotamia. Thomas McPartland – – Thesis Eleven 1: Jul 30, Barnaby Thieme rated it it was amazing Shelves: The close assimilation of Dumuzi with the king in so many texts also tends to support such a thesis and it may well be the case that sorting out the early history of kingship and its relationship to the Sumerian ruler known as the EN will finally resolve this matter.
The Treasures of Darkness: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Gurney, Times Literary Supplement. Aug 14, P. He does not lose sight of the historical realities that contextualize symbolic expr If I had to recommend just one book on Mesopotamian religious culture, there’s no question that I’d advocate on behalf of this masterpiece.
The Gods of Abraham, Isaiah, and Confucius. Raphael – – Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement Many of these though not all are new even to the specialist and will repay close study. Trabbic – – International Philosophical Quarterly 54 1: