The Chaldean Account of Genesis
by George Smith
George Smith (1840-1876) was an English Assyrologist, apprentice
engraver, but self-taught in cuneiform
in the corridors of the British Museum.
Eventually he was hired by Sir Henry Rawlinson, prominent
Smith achieved world-wide attention when he discovered an account
of the flood with obvious Biblical parallels in 1872, related in
The Chaldean Account of the Deluge.
This book expands on the previous work, and presents numerous
translations of tablets, including
the first print appearance of the Gilgamesh (Idzubar) cycle.
Some of the most important texts, such as the Descent of Ishtar
and the account of the Flood are fairly intact, while others
are in pieces.--J.B. Hare, Dec. 15th, 2009.
List of Illustrations
Chapter I. The Discovery of the Genesis Legends
Chapter II. Babylonian and Assyrian Literature
Chapter III. Chaldean Legends Transmitted Through Berosus and Other Ancient Authors
Chapter IV. Babylonian Mythology
Chapter V. Babylonian Legend of the Creation
Chapter IV. Other Babylonian Accounts of the Creation
Chapter VII. The Sin of the God Zu
Chapter VIII. The Exploits of Lubara
Chapter IX. Babylonian Fables
Chapter X. Fragments of Miscellaneous Texts
Chapter XI. The Izdubar Legends
Chapter XII. Meeting of Heabani and Izdubar
Chapter XIII. Destruction of the Tyrant Humbaba
Chapter XIV. The Adventures of Ishtar
Chapter XV. Illness and Wanderings of Izdubar
Chapter XVI. The Story of the Flood and Conclusion
Chapter XVII. Conclusion