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The Primeval Flood Catastrophe: Origins and Early Development in Mesopotamian Traditions

Y. S. Chen


Previous research on Mesopotamian Flood traditions tended to focus on a few textual sources. How the traditions originated and developed as a whole has not been seriously investigated. By systematically examining a large body of relevant cuneiform sources of diverse genres from the mid‐third millennium BC. to the end of the first millennium BC, this book observes that it is during the Old Babylonian period (c.2000–1600 BC) that the first and classical attestations of the Flood traditions are found. On linguistic, conceptual, and literary‐historical grounds, the book argues that the traditions ... More

Keywords: primeval flood catastrophe, origins, flood terminology, figurative language, Sumerian and Babylonian literature, mythology, historiography, literary history, socio‐political history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199676200
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199676200.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Y. S. Chen, author
Research Fellow (Ancient Near Eastern Studies), Wolfson College, University of Oxford