“Gilgamesh: Civilization vs. Natural World,” Featuring J.J.M. Roberts

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Tags: Ancient Near East, ANET, Archaeology, Epic, Gilgamesh, J.J.M. Roberts, Mesopotamia, Old Testament, podcast, Princeton Theological Seminary, Uruk
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In this episode, ASOR’s own Ancient Near East Today editor, Alex Joffe spoke with Jimmy Jack McBee Roberts (J. J. M. Roberts) the William Henry Green Professor of Old Testament Literature (Emeritus) at Princeton Theological Seminary. The podcast focuses on a newly published tablet that is shedding new light on the Epic of Gilgamesh.

The epic follows the perilous journeys of the king of Uruk and his eventual quest to find the secret of eternal life. The story is translated from 12 broken tablets that are over 3,000 years old. The story has been told many times since the discovery of the tablets in the 1800’s, but this newly published fragment may change the tone one of the tablets. That fragment is now thought to be part of the fifth tablet in the Epic of Gilgamesh.

The fragment was recently published in the latest Journal of Cuneiform Studies (JCS), Volume 66.

From his wiki page:

His teaching and research interests laid in comparative studies involving Mesopotamian and Israelite religion, Old Testament prophecy, Semitic languages, and Hebrew lexicography. Recent publications include Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah (OTL) and a forthcoming collection of essays. Roberts is currently working on a commentary on Isaiah 1-39. He served on the editorial boards ofJBLCBQBASOR, and Restoration Quarterly, and was editor of the SBL OT dissertation series and a member of the NRSV translation committee. He was the coeditor of the Princeton Classical Hebrew Lexicon Project.


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