“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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The only potential con I could find is that some of Jacobsen’s translations of divine names were outdated, but, barring that, an excellent book from cover-to-cover, and the only one of its kind to explore Mesopotamian religion inside and out, across time and space.
As a literary work combining sensibility, imagination and scholarship, this book is near darkness.
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Many of these though not all are new even to the specialist and will repay close study. Oct 21, Bryn Hammond rated it really liked it Shelves: Some clues to the age of the Sacred Marriage can be found in the Epic traditions.
Find jacohsen on Scholar. Daroness, this volume offers an interesting, coherent explanation for the historical development of the religion evident in those texts, as well as substantial details of the more prominent gods and myths which it comprises.
Haslam rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ships with Tracking Number! This is a supremely excellent book. Many of these though not all are new even to the specialist and will repay close study. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
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Jacobsen was a true scholar and the book is a must for tfeasures interested in Mesopotamian religion. Kurtz, Christ, and the Darkness of “Heart of Darkness”. Jacket has a small nick on the edge of the spine, with a small tear.
Jacobsen has succeeded brilliantly. It is, quite simply, authoritative, based on a vast experience of the ancient Mesopotamian mind, and very well written in the bargain. During this same period, texts such as the ‘Enuma Elish’ and ‘Epic of Gilgamesh’ appear to express a growing thorrkild with questions of cosmogony and humankind’s place in the cosmos.
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Request removal from index. Of course that is my observation. A fantastic piece of scholarship.
Philosophy, Science, and Social Science: 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. History of Western Philosophy. A History of Mesopotamian Religion. His vast experience shows through every page of this unique book, through the vivid, new translations resulting from.
This book is of an entirely different order from the pioneering but awkward volumes that preceded it. Under this evolution the gods and goddesses of Mesopotamia evolved beyond their place as abstract ajcobsen forces, and became ancestral figures: From piety to bloodlust of the later millinium it almost reminds us of our own days where we have gone from simple and complete faith to a culture of bloodlust I would have to say that by far I enjoy reading Samuel Noah Kramer’s works more but this volume was interesting.
Narrative and the Problem of Suffering. Mar 28, Rob rated it really liked it. For the historian, cuneiform expert, the student of religion this work will be of prime importance. Mar 17, Brian rated it really liked it. The book begins with definitions of scope and terminology. Thomas McPartland – – Thesis Eleven 1: Adrkness vast experience shows through every page of this unique book, through the vivid, new translations resulting from years of careful research.
The Treasures Of Darkness
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 power within phenomena.
Religion in the Making: Professor Jacobsen accepts the premise that all religion springs from man’s experience of a power not of this world, a mysterious ‘Wholly Other. Jul 24, Gayla Bassham rated it really liked it Shelves: As a literary work combining sensibility, imagination and scholarship, this book is near perfection.
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The Gilgamesh Epic recounts how Gilgamesh rejected the love of Inanna and the rites of the Sacred Marriage but one of his predecessors on the throne of Uruk, Enmerkar, was definitely regarded as being married to the goddess see the Enmerkar poems on the ETCSL website.
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.
Refresh and try again. Jul 30, Barnaby Thieme rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jacobsen has a fine ear for the poetry of this material and is unerring in sounding its psychological depths. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 11 2: Fagan, History “Jacobsen’s imaginative survey of Mesopotamian religion will arouse discussion and interest.
The Treasures Of Darkness by Jacobsen, Thorkild
Selected pages Title Page. Jan 12, Gavin White rated it really liked it Shelves: Thorkild Jacogsen 7 June — 2 May was a renowned historian specializing in Assyriology and Sumerian literature. The monarch metaphor eventually lead to internal conflict and the destruction of the civilization, due to hubris.