I believe in recycling; so I’m going to recycle a lesson I used for another class. I taught “Epic Poetry” in Lithuania in May of 2008, and created a blog for that class. “Lesson 2″ on the blog “Epos” (http://epos.wordpress.com) is a historical introduction to Gilgamesh. The notes to that lesson are important to Biblical Research for two reasons: An important part of historical research involves comparative study of ancient literature.
The Gilgamesh Epic, written in the Akkadian language, is very important for historical-comparative study. Further the Akkadian language is important for comparative study with ancient Hebrew.
The first half of the historical introduction to Gilgamesh describes the discovery and deciphering of the Akkadian language and Akkadian literature. That will be important for our class. We will also be considering the Gilgamesh epic too.
Go to Epos and notice the Lessons on the right. Click on “2. Gilgamesh–historical introduction.” We will be reading “3. Gilgamesh–literary introduction” later. If you are curious, go ahead and read that now.
Be sure to check out the links at the end of the “2. Gilgamesh–historical introduction.”
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