Biblical Archeology Course 4, Lesson 5

Biblical Archeology Course 4, Lesson 5
Cylinder of Nabonidus

The Nabonidus Cylinder from Sippar is a long text in which king Nabonidus of Babylonia (556-539 BC) describes how he repaired three temples: the sanctuary of the moon god Sin in Harran, the sanctuary of the warrior goddess Anunitu in Sippar, and the temple of Šamaš in Sippar.

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The Nabonidus Cylinder

One copy was excavated in Babylon, in the royal palace, and is now in Berlin. Another copy is in the British Museum in London. The text was written after Nabonidus’ return from Arabia in his thirteenth regnal year, but before war broke out with the Persian king Cyrus the Great, who is mentioned as an instrument of the gods.

The Nabonidus Cylinder contains echoes from earlier foundation texts, and develops the same themes as later ones, like the better-known Cyrus Cylinder: a lengthy titulary, a story about an angry god who has abandoned his shrine, who is reconciled with his people, orders a king to restore the temple, and a king who piously increases the daily offerings. Prayers are also included. [GFDL Document and Copyright]

1 comment for “Biblical Archeology Course 4, Lesson 5

  1. Wesley Rose Dr Ley
    February 3, 2009 at 9:06 am

    It appears that I need to expand my study of languages. I though Ancient Hebrew was hard, but I think these other dead languages may prove the greatest challenge yet. But, one step at a time. First I need to become more adept with English. Seriously, though, I will have to take that step much farther down the road. But it would be nice to possess such understanding, would it not?
    Dr Ley

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