Sunday, November 28, 2021

Akitu – The Babylonian New Year Festival

The calendar of the ancient Near East was usually replete with festivals that honored the gods according to the season. One of the most...

The Cursing Of Akkad

The Akkadians had conquered much of the Ancient Near East under the leadership of Sargon the Great ca 2300 BCE. The empire continued to...

El and the Elohim

Much has been made of the fact that the common Hebrew word for God in the Book of Genesis, Elohim, translates to gods in...

The Origins of Sargon the Great

One of the most influential characters of ancient history is Sargon the Great. He is remembered for conquering the known world and establishing the...

Insights into Ancient Babylonian Astronomy

Some twenty-five hundred years ago, the Ancient Babylonians constructed mud brick towers that rose up towards the night sky. The towers known as Ziggurats,...

Babylon’s History with the Rivers Euphrates and Tigris

The ancient city of Babylon has an interesting history of relationship to its rivers and waterways. Mesopotamia was a civilization that built up around the...

Ancient Near East Trade Patterns

Trade and commerce increased as ancient civilizations achieved a dominant, imperial status within the Near East and developed common standards of exchange. The emergence of...

Jerusalem – its growth from 1000 BCE to 70CE

Judges 1:8.21 tells us of the Israelites attempt to take Jerusalem from the Jebusites. They did not succeed and it wasn't until David's time...

How Geography Shaped Ancient Mesopotamia

During the Neolithic period approximately 12,000 years ago, migrants began to establish permanent communities in the region of the Euphrates and Tigris rivers. This...

The Conquests of Sargon the Great

There is no record of the birth name of Sargon and what is known of his origins are little more than legends. What is...