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Ark Before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 30. Januar 2014

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  • Taschenbuch
  • Verlag: Hodder & Stoughton Export Edit (30. Januar 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1444757067
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444757064
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,4 x 3,3 x 23,2 cm
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A serious book, but rarely a heavy one: in a sprightly, good-humoured way, Finkel communicates the thrill of true feels fresh and exciting here. The Sunday Times The charged thrill of Finkel's chase permeates the book - the pages don't just join dots, they supply new pieces for a beautiful, Bronze-Age jigsaw-puzzle... Scholarly and droll, Finkel's writing is also eccentrically vivid... it is a joy. The Times One of the most important human documents ever discovered... his conclusions will send ripples into the world of creationism and among ark hunters. The Guardian A painstaking and lively investigation ... there are remarkable scholarly insights to admire ... brilliant. Literary Review Finkel is a master at deciphering these ancient cuneiform clay tablets, but this book is far more than a fine piece of detective work: it is a humane work of scholarship that enlarges the soul. -- Richard Holloway The Observer Delightful...a digressive, amusing personal book for the general reader, a book that is willing to ask big questions. -- Stephen Moss The Guardian Finkel's account is wryly and entertainingly told. -- Tom Holland The Guardian Exudes the enthusiasm of an expert deeply absorbed in his subject. Times Literary Supplement A gem of a book. The New Yorker

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Dr Irving Finkel is Assistant Keeper of Ancient Mesopotamian (i.e. Sumerian, Babylonian and Assyrian) script, languages and cultures Department: Middle East at the British Museum, headquartered in London's Bloomsbury. He is the curator in charge of cuneiform inscriptions on tablets of clay from ancient Mesopotamia, of which the Middle East Department has the largest collection - some 130,000 pieces - of any modern museum. This work involves reading and translating all sorts of inscriptions, sometimes working on ancient archives to identify manuscripts that belong together, or even join to one another.


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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von geronimo am 4. Juni 2014
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Irving Finkel ist ein weltweit anerkannter Keilschriftexperte. Der Text ist mit enormer Sachkenntnis geschrieben und geht weit über den Kerngedanken , einer vorbiblischen Anleitung zum Bau einer Arche, hinaus. Ob nun die von Finkel gefundenen Berichte Ausdruck einer Realen Handlung sind oder selbst auch nur Mythen aus noch grauerer Vorzeit sind, darüber mag man streiten. Ein "Must" für Menschen, die sich ernsthaft für Assyrologie interessieren.
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Eminently readable and refreshingly personal account. 30. April 2014
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Reading "The Ark Before Noah" makes you feel like you're in a comfortable armchair in a book-lined study. There's a brandy snifter in your hand, and you're listening to one of the most charming raconteurs you can imagine. He's spinning a yarn so compellingly and amusingly that, almost against your will, you're becoming interested in a topic about which you'd never before cared. The vast majority of humankind has no clue what cuneiform writing is. But the man in the comfy chair opposite yours, Dr. Irving Finkel, Assistant Keeper of Ancient Mesopotamian Scripts at the British Museum, would like to change that.

Ostensibly, this book is about a millennia-old slab of clay with some wedge-shaped writing on it and what it reveals: a Primordial Flood story unlike any other. As Finkel informs us, there are plenty of other Babylonian cuneiform tablets in the British Museum and elsewhere with bits and pieces of Flood narratives (twelve, if memory serves). But this one was unique. Not only does it give precise instructions and dimensions for building a giant round boat (surprising enough in and of itself), it also contained the phrase "the animals entered the ark two by two"--a phrasing not found in any other Babylonian Flood narratives, but one which DOES occur in the Hebrew Bible.

Now, were this book only about this tablet, it would be fascinating enough. But "The Ark Before Noah" is much more than that. "The Ark Before Noah" is a love story, an account of the lifelong romance between Dr. Finkel and cuneiform writing.

Not only is it the oldest form of human writing known of, it's also, as Dr. Finkel informs us, far and away the most fun--a cryptographical challenge for the nimblest of brains. Woven through the story of the Ark Tablet is a chatty, witty, humane, and at times very funny memoir of a life spent deciphering these baffling indentations in once-wet mud. It's also a marvelous introductory history to the discipline of Assyriology itself.

But it goes beyond that. One of Dr. Finkel's many gifts is to be able to see behind the inscriptions, and recognize the very human people who made them. The millennia between us and them notwithstanding, they were, he points out, people precisely like us. They struggled with the same dilemmas, had the same worries and concerns, and felt the same emotions. And, using our shared humanity across the millennia as a point of departure, he asks some much larger questions about the Bible: who wrote it? When? Why? And why would its anonymous writers or compilers, forcibly exiled in Babylon, have included stories cribbed from their pagan oppressors in their own holy book?

Dr. Finkel has pulled off a rare feat: a lucidly scholarly, readable, personal, and personable book about a subject which, in the hands of the wrong writer, would be as boring as watching paint dry--but which, in his telling, becomes mesmerizing.
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Circling the square 26. Februar 2014
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This very original treatment of an ancient widely attested motif of the Flood is based upon fresh evidence preserved on a recently deciphered cuneiform tablet, which stipulates that the Ark was originally round, like ancient boats commonly used in Iraq until modern times. This form of the Ark is also known from orally transmitted Noah stories collected by anthropological field work in Eastern Europe, and this book argues for the circular shape as reflecting the oldest versions of the story. The controversial and exciting aspect of this book is the way it pursues the question of how a quintessentially Mesopotamian story came into Genesis, and the book proposes that the Judean exile was the decisive experience which determined how the Bible was composed and finally redacted, with considerable Babylonian influence in its narrative. This book offers new thinking based upon new data, which is not often the case with biblical studies.
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a Flood of Fantastic Information 1. April 2014
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This may be the best book on the origins of the ancient middle eastern Flood myth that you will ever read. This is not to say that someone may not, one day, supplant it with a more comprehensive and detailed work but I doubt that it will be as readable. For a book that frequently dips into personal accounts, it is startlingly full of information. I also have to agree with Dr. Finkel that his little tablet combined with his own wide-ranging knowledge of the other Flood texts really starts to fill in the gaps in how the story evolved. Best of all, Dr. Finkel provides an interlinear translation of the text of his Flood tablet. In my experience, translations of ancient texts without easy reference to the original language are often pretty but next to useless. Being able to review the original language and his notes on it enabled me to uncover more about the text than Dr. Finkel presented including a little bit about mesopotamian food fermentation.

Some reviewers found it a little dry and I have to agree that, to my tastes, he went a little too deep into coracle construction details. Overall, however, it is quite readable and entertaining. Other reviewers have objected that it doesn't cover much new territory. It doesn't. His Flood tablet is tiny and covers only a small part of the myth but the power of the book is how Dr. Finkel used that small bit of extra information to really tie the other Flood myths together. After you have read this book, you will have a much better idea of how the myth evolved. Strangely, he has an appendix on some aspects of ancient middle eastern ghosts. Believe it or not, it really does tie into the rest of the book.
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Absolutely Great 28. März 2014
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Dr. Finkel's book is an excellent read for those who are interested in ancient Mesopotamian cultures and the evolution of writing, with emphasis on cuneiform. Considering the subject matter, I expected either a very dry, scientific dissertation or something with a religious bias. Wonderfully, neither were there. Dr. Finkel lays out a clear chronology of Mesopotamia, sprinkled with witty asides, and brings the reader up to speed with the basics of cuneiform writing, their interpretation, the interesting history that can be extracted, and how all of this enabled him to tease the the exciting information related to the Ark Tablet--the book's subject.

He brilliantly discusses and compares the Flood legends of the Gilgamesh legend and in ancient Hebrew, Islamic, and Christian writings. Great color plates add to the book's comprehensive discussion.
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It's a miracle.. 11. Februar 2014
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..not only the survival of this tablet but the chance reencounter - thirty years after they first met - between its owner and amiable Irving Finkel, the BM's cuneiform expert (and writer of cult children's books), who has now deciphered it for our delectation. God has a plan for us! Seriously, this is a jolly good read that has rekindled my interest in non-alphabetic scripts
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