Early Babylonian personal names from the published...

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Author  Hermann Ranke
Publisher  RareBooksClub.com
Publication Date   July 4, 2012
ISBN  1236622197
Pages  24

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ... 1903, p. 70, who compares the Biblical Djram (cf. also am, mm). 'Cf. Hommel in Hilprecht, Recent Research in Bible-Lands, p. 139. 'Cf. Hilprecht, O.B.I., Vol. I, Part I, p. 38. that before 2000 B.C. West-Semitic tribes had settled in Babylonia, and that out of their midst those men arose, who from Hammurabi to Samsuditana ruled over the united Babylonian kingdom. Before we turn to the name list itself, attention may be called to two facts which are of a special interest. 1. The elements of Babylonian personal names, the meaning of which we try to ascertain in the twentieth century A.D., were a puzzle even before the twentieth century B.C. to pupils of the Babylonian temple schools. It is true they did not have to concern themselves about the meaning of these elements, but they had to write them again and again, in order to become entirely familiar with this essential part of Babylonian contract tablets. Such exercises of young scribes of the school at Sippar have been published by Professor Scheil, in his Saison de fouilles a Sippar, pp. 40-44. They contain either full names or name elements. As Professor Scheil failed to recognize the latter ones, some of his translations are erroneous. Other elements are important for our reading or understanding of some of the names. Thus I may be allowed to call attention to the following cases. On p. 40: na-wi-ra-am, cf. the names beginning with namram, and Stzundunrat. On p. 41: note bashti, translated rightly by Scheil, under the name elements, and cf. my note to bashtt in the list B 3; dilibti, perhaps better dililti, cf. Del., Hw., under AN-SHAK-NI, rather AN-KUSH-NI=suldluni; atanashum, read atanah,. On p. 42: kashida, read kdshid. In EN-DI-MU, occurring apparently on p. 43 as EN-DA-MU, we have perhaps...

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