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Hermann Volrath Hilprecht and the Priest of Bel

Discussion in 'Sacred Texts, Folklore, and Mythology' started by Onoma, Aug 8, 2020.

  1. Onoma

    Onoma Active Member

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    This is just a post to tell the little known story of Hilprecht's dream

    Hermann V. Hilprecht is a rather well known Assyriologist / archaeologist who was present in the first excavations of the city of Nippur ( Nibru, etc )

    Here's a little background on Hermann:

    Hermann Volrath Hilprecht - Wikipedia

    After the excavations, there was a peculiar script that remained largely undeciphered ( What we call Old Babylonian )

    Late one night in 1893, Hilprecht, a noted Assyrian scholar, fell asleep at his desk in Philadelphia

    He awakened to a vision of a priest from the Temple of Bel in Nippur ( Present day Turkey ) As he looked about, he realized he was no longer in his study, but seated on a giant stone step. A hot wind circled his body. The priest beckoned him to follow, saying " I will help you ". They walked through the deserted streets to a magnificent building. " You are in the Temple of Bel, at Nippur, between the Tigris and the Euphrates ", the priest said. Hilprecht asked his guide to show him the secret treasure room, where he discovered some agate inscriptions. As he began to read the words, the vision faded and he was back in his Philadelphia study, the priest still by his side. On a piece of paper was written the word " Nebuchadnezzar " translated by the priest as " Nebo, protect my boundary ". The vision of the inscriptions and their translations provided Hilprecht with the missing link he needed to complete the Old Babylonian Inscription translations, most importantly from Nippur, which he published later that year

    He had another interesting dream concerning an inscription on earrings from Nippur, which is detailed in this paper:

    https://www.upenn.edu/gazette/0109/PennGaz0109_feature3.pdf

    I always thought it to be a curious story
     
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    Many things can be misread and misinterpreted. For example, I could ask why your avatar handle states you are astride my grandmother.
     
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    That's why there's such a thing as " peer review "
     
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    That did not answer my question...Why is it that your avatar handle states you are astride my grandmother.
     
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    ...it says what ?
     
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    ON OMA Oma being what a lot of kids call their German grandmother.

    ETA:;)
     
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