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By Seth L. Sanders

Seth L. Sanders deals a background of first-millennium scribes via their heavenly trips and heroes, treating the visions of old Mesopotamian and Judean literature as pragmatic issues made via humans. He provides every one scribal tradition as a person establishment through unique facts for a way visionary figures have been used over the years. the writer additionally offers the 1st entire survey of direct facts for touch among Babylonian, Hebrew, and Aramaic scribal cultures, whilst and the way they got here to percentage key beneficial properties. instead of irrecoverable spiritual adventure, he indicates how perfect scribal 'selves' have been made on hand via rituals documented in texts and associations that made those roles sturdy. He examines how those texts and selves labored jointly to create spiritual literature because the global got here to be recognized in a different way: a historic ontology of first-millennium scribal cultures. the result's as a lot a background of technology as a background of mysticism, supplying perception into how wisdom of the universe was once created in historical times.

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