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Legends of Babylon and Egypt in Relation to Hebrew Tradition

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The interconnected influences of different traditions of ancient mythology on one another consumed the archaeological efforts of the late 19th and early 20th century, though much work in Britain and Europe was interrupted by the outbreak of World War I.
This fascinating 1918 study-adapted from a series of lectures delivered to the British Academy in 1916 rings with the frustration of its British author.
A renowned classical scholar, King incorporates the then latest research from American academics into his intriguing analysis of the impact of Babylonian and Egyptian mythology on the foundations of Judaism.
Drawing on newly discovered five-thousand-year-old texts, he weaves a narrative of the folklore of human origins unbroken from our earliest collective memories. His comparison of the creation and deluge stories from a range of ancient Old-World civilizations remains compelling today.
Biblical myths are found mainly in the first 11 chapters of Genesis, the first book of the Bible. They are concerned with the creation of the world and the first man and woman, the origin of the current human condition, the primeval Deluge, the distribution of peoples, and the variation of languages.

Egyptian Literature

Leonard William King

“Under the Sumerians the wife could not obtain a divorce at all, and the penalty for denying her husband was death.”

Notable Works

  • Schweich Lecture – Legends of Babylon and Egypt in Relation to Hebrew Tradition (1946)
  • Chronicles Concerning Early Babylonian Kings (Volume 1 and 2) 1907
  • Egypt and Western Asia in the light of Recent Discoveries 1907
  • Babylonian Religion and Mythology. – 1903
  • Encyclopaedia Biblica (contributor)1903
  • The seven tablets of creation: or The Babylonian and Assyrian legends concerning the creation of the world and of mankind. – 1902
  • The Code of Hammurabi (translation) 1899
  • Letters and Inscriptions of Hammurabi (3 volumes) 1898 to 1900
  • Leonard William King. First steps in Assyrian: a series of historical, mythological, religious, magical, epistolary and other texts for beginners, printed in cuneiform characters having interlinear transliteration and translation and a sketch of Assyrian grammar, sign-list and vocabulary. Kegan Paul Trench, Trbner. p. 399. Retrieved 2011-07-05. 1898

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