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Babylonian and Assyrian Religion
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The civilizations of ancient Mesopotamia, whose written traditions have come down to us in Sumerian and Akkadian, played an important role in the development of the Near East from the end of the fourth millennium b.c. onward. In the course of history, the peoples of Syria and Palestine, among them Israel and Judah, were particularly subjected to Mesopotamian influence (esp. in the first half of the first millennium).

At the beginning of the fourth millennium the peoples of southern Mesopotamia lived in village settlements, supported by irrigation-based agricult…

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Renger, Johannes, “Babylonian and Assyrian Religion”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 22 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_B2>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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