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Tue, Jun 11

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3-Week SASA Reading Group: Origins: Studies in the Cosmogony of the Ancient Near East

3-Week Text-In-Translation Reading Group Tuesdays at 11 am Eastern Time Led by Alistair Robertson

3-Week SASA Reading Group: Origins: Studies in the Cosmogony of the Ancient Near East
3-Week SASA Reading Group: Origins: Studies in the Cosmogony of the Ancient Near East

Time & Location

Jun 11, 2024, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Zoom Meeting

About the Event

Have you ever wondered about the origins of life and the universe? If you have, you are not alone. The ancients sought to answer these questions of “origins” as well through what scholars call cosmogony (how the physical world came into being) and cosmology (how the world functions). This reading group will explore various understandings of the world and how it came into being by exploring the cosmogonies and cosmologies of the ancient Near East. Through primary source readings from Mesopotamia (Enki and the World Order, Enūma Eliš), Egypt (Memphite Theology, various coffin and pyramid texts), and the Levant (Genesis 1-2, Psalm 104) students will see that we share much in common with the ancients. Today, we are just as concerned with our environment and how we ought to relate to it to ensure flourishing. Equally so, we all want to know who we are with reference to the world and the divine. While we will not answer these questions definitively, we will learn how the ancients attempted to explain our relationship to the world as humans who inhabit it. In so doing, our shared human experience will shed ancient light on these modern questions and perhaps spur new answers to our questions of origins.

3-Week Text-In-Translation Reading Group

Tuesdays at 11 am Eastern Time  

Start date: June 11th

End date: June 25th

MUST RSVP TO GET LIVE SYLLABI WITH THE ZOOM LINK. The same link will be used for all 3 sessions. 

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