The Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man: An Essay of Speculative Thought in the Ancient Near East
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The Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man: An Essay of Speculative Thought in the Ancient Near East

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The people in ancient times the phenomenal world was teeming with life; the thunderclap, the sudden shadow, the unknown and eerie clearing in the wood, all were living things. This unabridged edition traces the fascinating history of thought from the pre-scientific, personal concept of a "humanized" world to the achievement of detached intellectual reasoning.

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Paperback, 410 pages
Published April 15th 1977 by Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (first published April 15th 1946)
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Dave
I did not read the Israel section, but the Egypt section was quite good and revealing. It seemed the Mesopotamia sections were a little less so. Some good primary source references, but the evolutionary perspective on religion seeps in a bit.
Alicia
I especially liked the essay by Thorkild Jacobsen.
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