Chapter 3. Family Religion in Second Millennium West Asia (Mesopotamia, Emar, Nuzi)

  1. John Bodel Professor2 and
  2. Saul M. Olyan PhD Professor3
  1. Karel van der Toorn specialist President

Published Online: 23 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444302974.ch3

Household and Family Religion in Antiquity

Household and Family Religion in Antiquity

How to Cite

van der Toorn, K. (2009) Family Religion in Second Millennium West Asia (Mesopotamia, Emar, Nuzi), in Household and Family Religion in Antiquity (eds J. Bodel and S. M. Olyan), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444302974.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Brown University, USA

  2. 3

    Samuel Ungerleider Jr Professor of Judaic Studies, Brown University, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 16 MAY 2008

Book Series:

  1. The Ancient World: Comparative Histories

Book Series Editors:

  1. Kurt A. Raaflaub

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405175791

Online ISBN: 9781444302974

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Keywords:

  • second millennium west Asian family religion;
  • family religion emphasizing - religion neither “personal,” nor “popular”;
  • topographical focus being Mesopotamia;
  • gods of the family;
  • expression “family god” - not occurring in Babylonian vernacular;
  • Excursus - the god and goddess of the house;
  • Old Babylonian lullabies distinguishing between Kusarikkum, on one hand and “god of the house”;
  • cult of the ancestors;
  • family religion - sociology and psychology;
  • place of women in kispu-prayer of Sin-nasir - emblematic of sociology of Mesopotamian family religion

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The Gods of the Family

  • The Cult of the Ancestors

  • Family Religion: Sociology and Psychology