“A New Look at an Old Story: the Epic of Gilgamesh,” featuring Dr. Lawson Younger

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In this episode ASOR’s own Ancient Near East Today editor, Alex Joffe talks with Dr. Lawson Younger. Dr. Younger is a professor of Old Testament, Semitic Languages, and Ancient Near Eastern History at the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Their conversation centers on a newly published fragment of the famous Epic of Gilgamesh that has just appeared in ASOR’s Journal of Cuneiform Studies. The fragment, looted from an unknown site in southern Iraq, was smuggled to Iran and then back to northern Iraq, where it was discovered by an Iraqi archaeologist. It casts new light on the famous journey of GIlgamesh, the quintessential Mesopotamian hero, and his companion Enkidu to the “Cedar Forest’ and their fight with the monster Humbaba.

 

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