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Early Mesopotamian Divination Literature: Its Organizational Framework and Generative and Paradigmatic Characteristics (Abraham Winitzer) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2017) 9789004346994
Early Mesopotamian Divination Literature: Its Organizational Framework and Generative and Paradigmatic Characteristics (Abraham Winitzer) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2017) 9789004346994
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Title: Early Mesopotamian Divination Literature: Its Organizational Framework and Generative and Paradigmatic Characteristics

Author: Winitzer, Abraham

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2017

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004346994

Volumes: 1; Pages: 511

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In Early Mesopotamian Divination Literature: Its Organizational Framework and Generative and Paradigmatic Characteristics, Abraham Winitzer provides a detailed study of the Akkadian Old Babylonian (ca. 2000-1600 BC) omen collections stemming from extispicy, the most significant Mesopotamian divination technique for most of that civilization's history. Paying close attention to these texts' organizational structure, Winitzer details the mechanics responsible for their origins and development, and highlights key characteristics of a conceptual framework that helped reconfigure Mesopotamian divination into a literature in line with significant, new forms of literary expression from the same time. This literature, Winitzer concludes, represents an early form of scientific reasoning that began to appreciate the centrality of texts and textual interpretation in this civilization?s production, organization, and conception of knowledge.

Table of contents

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations and Conventions

Introductory Note: Text Citation, Translation, Transcription, and Secondary Literature

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Inner-Omen Organization

Chapter 3: Inter-Omen Organization (I)

Chapter 4: Inter-Omen Organization (II): Complex Gradation

Chapter 5: Complex Gradation

Chapter 6: Conclusion

Index
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