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15 09, 2017

Who is Ishtar? A Mesopotamian god

By |2019-09-29T12:01:04-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

The Mesopotamian god Ishtar or Inanna Who was Ishtar? Ishtar (also called Inanna) was an important god of West Asia. Beginning at least by 3000 BC  the Sumerians,  the Akkadians, the Babylonians, and the Assyrians all worshipped the god Ishtar. What about Astarte? West Asian religion All our West Asia articles What was Ishtar the [...]

15 09, 2017

Shepherd story – Epic of Gilgamesh – Mesopotamia

By |2019-09-04T08:13:37-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Shepherd on a cylinder seal (Berlin Museum) When the Sumerian king Gilgamesh refused to fall in love with the goddess Ishtar, he gave her a lot of reasons why not, and he was pretty nasty about it. One of the reasons Gilgamesh gave Ishtar was that she treated all her lovers badly. For example, once she [...]

15 09, 2017

Epic of Gilgamesh – Mesopotamian writing

By |2019-09-04T08:13:45-07:00September 15th, 2017|West Asia|0 Comments

Epic of Gilgamesh: Gilgamesh and his friend Enkidu fight the monster Humbaba, on an Assyrian cylinder seal from the 600s BC The real king Gilgamesh The Epic of Gilgamesh is a story about a Sumerian king (Gilgamesh) who seems to have lived around 2500 BC, in Mesopotamia. Who were the Sumerians? And the Assyrians? West Asian literature [...]

24 08, 2017

Noah’s Ark – Bible stories – Judaism

By |2018-04-24T23:17:57-07:00August 24th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|0 Comments

The rain falling on the drowning people/ Noah lets go a dove to see if the waters have gone down/ He sends out the dove again/He lets the animals off the boat/ He sacrifices to God on an altar (Mosaic from St. Marks, Venice, 1200s AD) Book of Genesis According to the Book [...]

24 08, 2017

Who was Job? Bible stories

By |2017-08-24T00:25:58-07:00August 24th, 2017|Religion, West Asia|0 Comments

Job sits on a dungheap, from the sarcophagus of Junius Bassus, 359 AD, Rome. According to the Bible, Job was a rich farmer, with a wife and ten children, and many sheep and goats. He loved God and prayed to him all the time. One day Satan (the Devil) came to God and suggested that Job [...]

23 08, 2017

Tower of Babel – Bible stories

By |2019-02-07T12:49:35-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|0 Comments

Breughel's medieval painting of the Tower of Babel From the Bible story: According to the Book of Genesis in the Bible, after the Flood people again began to get wicked. Noah's Flood story More Bible stories The Jews and the Levant All our West Asia articles Why is it the Tower of Babel? Then they [...]

23 08, 2017

Abraham and the Jews – Bible stories

By |2019-01-16T18:15:48-07:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, West Asia|0 Comments

Abraham and Isaac (Egypt, 300s AD) The Jews leave Mesopotamia Shortly after the episode with the Tower of Babel, the Bible tells us that some of the Jews decided to leave Mesopotamia where the Sumerians were, and travel further west towards Canaan and modern Israel. What's the Tower of Babel? More about the Jews All our West Asia articles [...]