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References to Prophecy in Neo-Assyrian Sources
State Archives of Assyria Studies, Volume VII
by Martti Nissinen

Helsinki 1998 • 175 x 250 mm • Pp. x + 194
Paper • $54.00 • ISBN 951-45-8079-6

In many ways this book is a companion volume to SAA 9, Assyrian Prophecies, by Simo Parpola. In any case, the two volumes are complementary studies. SAA 9 presents and discusses the corpus of Neo-Assyrian prophetic texts while SAAS 7 collects, analyzes, and discusses the references to prophecy in other genres of Neo-Assyrian texts: royal inscriptions, treaties, letters, and even an administrative text. Nissinen's work is not a comparison of Assyrian prophecy with Biblical prophecy, but rather an attempt to define Assyrian prophecy on its own terms – how it was viewed in its own culture, the uses that were made of it, and how it was related to other methods of determining the divine will. Only when these features have been defined will it be possible to compare prophecy in Assyria with prophecy in other areas. With indexes and an extensive bibliography.
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