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Morris Jastrow Near Eastern Studies Collection (5 vols.)

by Jastrow, Morris, Jr.

5 publishers G. P. Putnam’s Sons, Ginn & Co., Charles Scribner’s Sons, Walter Scott, Macmillan Co. 1898–1919

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Overview

The Morris Jastrow Near Eastern Studies Collection (5 Vols.) is a journey into the fascinating era of Babylon and Assyria, guided by one of the 20th century’s preeminent scholars of that period. A Professor of Semitic languages, Morris Jastrow’s astute research awards extraordinary insight into the ancient Euphrates Valley and its people. Jastrow provides a comprehensive view of the culture and religion that existed in Mesopotamia, including an examination of their languages, deities, myths and legends, and worship practices, as well as their advances into astrology, astronomy, philosophy, and mathematics. With the Assyro-Babylonian epoch occupying a prominent place both in the historical and in the prophetical literature of the Old Testament, Jastrow’s groundbreaking work is indispensable for gaining a complete understanding of the Bible.

Also included in this collection is Morris Jastrow’s controversial book Zionism and the Future of Palestine, a treatise on political Zionism. Written just after the first World War, this volume is historically important for its unique perspective and war-weary reflection.

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Key Features

  • Detailed maps and illustrations
  • Discussion of Scriptural landmarks
  • Thorough appendices

Praise for the Print Edition

. . . . the most industrious of the writers on Babylonian subjects, and his long researches into the various phases of Babylonian religion have made him the foremost authority upon this subject.

The American Journal of Theology

Individual Titles

Zionism and the Future of Palestine

  • Author: Morris Jastrow
  • Publisher: MacMillan
  • Publication Date: 1919
  • Pages: 159

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Morris Jastrow’s controversial Zionism and the Future of Palestine was published in 1919, and its ominous predictions of violence have become a reality in our current world affairs. Arguing against the creation of a Jewish state, Jastrow felt that equal rights for those of the Jewish faith should be the goal in the already existing Palestinian territory. Defining the differences between religious, economic, and political Zionism, it is the third of these tenets that Jastrow feared would lead to the region’s instability. This Semitic opposition to the creation of a Jewish state is a unique and fascinating perspective on this ongoing and contentious debate.

Hebrew and Babylonian Traditions

  • Author: Morris Jastrow
  • Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons
  • Publication Date: 1914
  • Pages: 391

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Originally a lecture given at Oberlin College in 1913, this is a comparative study of Hebrew and Babylonian traditions, such as their folk-tales, beliefs, religious practices, and modes of thought. Using historical records, early biblical studies, and materials excavated from the Euphrates Valley archeological sites, Morris Jastrow’s captivating work shines light on the similarities and differences of those two historically important cultures.

The Study of Religion

  • Author: Morris Jastrow
  • Publisher: Ginn & Company
  • Publication Date: 1898
  • Pages: 451

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Beginning with a broad survey of the history of the study of religion, Morris Jastrow’s illuminating work then dedicates a chapter to each of the five areas necessary to the study of a religion: ethics, philosophy, mythology, psychology, and culture. With years of scholarship on the subject, Jastrow’s guidelines for studying religion are set forth in a clear and articulate manner, and provide readers with a set of principles for methodical research into any religion.

The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria

  • Author: Morris Jastrow
  • Publisher: Ginn & Company
  • Publication Date: 1898
  • Pages: 739

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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.

Aspects of Religious Belief and Practice in Babylonia and Assyria

  • Author: Morris Jastrow
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons
  • Publication Date: 1911
  • Pages: 496

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More than ten years after publishing his groundbreaking book on Babylonian and Assyrian religion, Morris Jastrow was invited to give a series of lectures updating his fascinating research. These popularly attended lectures on the religious beliefs and practices in Babylonia and Assyria included:

  • Culture and Religion
  • The Pantheon
  • Divination
  • Astrology
  • The Temples and the Cults
  • Ethics and Life After Death

Product Details

  • Title: Morris Jastrow Near Eastern Studies Collection (5 vols.)
  • Author: Morris Jastrow
  • Volumes: 5
  • Pages: 2,236

About Morris Jastrow

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.