Morris Jastrow’s fascinating exploration into the religion of Babylonia and Assyria is derived from his own translations of the ancient religious literature he studied for over a decade. This volume covers the views held by the Babylonians and the Assyrians regarding magic and oracles, their relation to minor and major gods, their prayers and hymns, their myths and legends, and their views on life after death. Jastrow also examines the religious architecture that has been found and the history of Babylonian and Assyrian temples.
Morris Jastrow (1861–1921) graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where he became a Professor of Semitic languages and worked in the school’s library. He served as an editor for the Jewish Publication Society’s Jewish Encyclopedia from 1911–1906. A prolific researcher and writer, Jastrow published over a dozen books and became president of the American Oriental Society in 1915.