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    A very thorough exploration of the god Ninurta in Mesopotamian sources According to popular accounts, Ninurta was a warrior god, a god of the thunderous skies who brought rain to the farmers of central Mesopotamia and a slayer of monsters The author shows how these seemingly diverse elements are all part of one picture in which Ninurta is really a god of kingship and the embodiment of the principles of royal ideology There are extended discussions on the relationship between specific myths and how the king, by assuming the role of Ninurta, acts out the deeds of the gods to bring order to a world forever under threat from the forces of chaos The final part of the book is a useful summary of all the Mesopotamian myths that Ninurta is involved in and the principal symbols applied to the god For me the best thing about this book was to show that myths, even some of the strangest ones, do have a rationale behind them The transposition of the concepts God and King is particularly convincing in its broad outlines and in a multitude of details that only make sense in this contextual framework.This helps to take myths and mythology out of the sphere of the storyteller and psychologist into the realms of the historian and anthropologist Therein lies its real value.A basic knowledge of Mesopotamian religion would be very useful something like Jacobsen s The Treasures of Darkness would suffice.

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    I don t know how to praise this work enough The depth of penetration into the sources, the vast array of different perspectives cited, and the concise and clear angles of attack, make this the best carve up of Ninurta I have seen thus far What was once an extremely difficult deity to come to grips with, is brought into a bright spotlight at last Anyone looking to pinpoint a further area of study for Ninurta should start with this work, it is thoroughly researched and provides all the references needed to further ones study.

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The God Ninurta The Current Investigation Has Been Divided Into Three Main Chapters In The First Two Chapters, The Primary Focus Is The Relationship Between Ninurta And Kingship The First Chapter Gives A Diachronic Overview Of The Cult Of Ninurta During All Historical Periods Of Ancient Mesopotamia This Chapter Shows That The Conception Of Ninurta S Identity With The King Was Present In Mesopotamian Religion Already In The Third Millennium BC Ninurta Was The God Of Nippur, The Religious Centre Of Sumerian Cities, And His Most Important Attribute Was His Sonship To Enlil While The Mortal Gods Were Frequently Called The Sons Of Enlil, The Status Of The King Converged With That Of Ninurta At His Coronation, Through The Determination Of The Royal Fate, Carried Out By The Divine Council Of Gods In Nippur The Fate Of Ninurta Parallels The Fate Of The King After The InvestitureReligious Syncretism Is Studied In The Second Chapter The Configuration Of Nippur Cults Left A Legacy For The Religious Life Of Babylonia And Assyria The Nippur Trinity Of The Father Enlil, The Mother Ninlil, And The Son Ninurta Had Direct Descendants In The Babylonian And Assyrian Pantheon, Realized In Babylonia As Marduk, Zarpanitu, And Nabu, And As Assur, Mullissu, And Ninurta In Assyria While The Names Changed, The Configuration Of The Cult Survived, Even When, From The Eighth Century BC Onwards, Ninurta S Name Was To A Large Extent Replaced By That Of NabuIn The Third Chapter Various Manifestations Or Hypostases Of Ninurta Are Discussed Besides The Monster Slayer, Ninurta Was Envisaged As Farmer, Star And Arrow, Healer, And Tree All These Manifestations Confirm The Strong Ties Between The Cult Of Ninurta And Kingship By Slaying Asakku, Ninurta Eliminated Evil From The World, And Accordingly He Was Considered The God Of Healing The Healing, Helping, And Saving Of A Believer Who Was In Misery Was Thus A Natural Result Of Ninurta S Victorious Battles The Theologoumenon Of Ninurta S Mission And Return Was Used As The Mythological Basis For Quite A Few Royal Rituals, And This Fact Explains The Extreme Longevity Of The Sumerian Literary Compositions Angim And Lugale, From The Third Until The First Millennium BC Ninurta Also Protected Legitimate Ownership Of Land And Granted Protection For Refugees In A Special Temple Of The Land The Faithful Farmer Is An Epithet For Both Ninurta And The KingKingship Myths Similar To The Battles Of Ninurta Are Attested In An Area Far Extending The Bounds Of The Ancient Near East The Conflict Myth On Which The Ninurta Mythology Was Based Is Probably Of Prehistoric Origin, And Various Forms Of The Kingship Myths Continued To Carry The Ideas Of Usurpation, Conflict, And Dominion Until Late Antiquity