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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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Jeremy Rios
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Solid, fascinating book about the thought life of the early world. The introduction and conclusion are excellent, and of the three cultures surveyed the opening section, on the Egyptians, is the best. The Mesopotamian section is also good, but less compelling than the Egyptian. The Hebrews section is the weakest, plagued by progressivism, and heavily dated by trends in early 20th century scholarship.

Still a worthy read.
Dave
Jun 22, 2011 rated it liked it
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
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I especially liked the essay by Thorkild Jacobsen.
Toon Pepermans
Dec 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
The introduction and conclusion are extremely interesting.
The chapters on the Hebrews come across as partial and outdated.
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