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Dreams and Dream Interpreters in Mesopotamia and in the Hebrew Bible [Old Testament]

  • Scott Noegel


Although the subject of ancient Near Eastern dreams has received scholarly attention for some time,1 recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in the topic. In part this is due to the appearance of several previously unpublished texts,2 a scholarly desire to update the available resources on the subject,3 and the currently prevailing academic preference for comparative interdisciplinary inquiry, which has moved the study of the ancient Near Eastern dreams beyond its hitherto nearly entirely descriptive mode.4 What has emerged from this renewed interest is a new appreciation for the subtleties of dreams, the divinatory, ontological, and ideological contexts of their interpretations, and the variety of methodological frameworks that can be used to understand them. While not every framework has proven useful for elucidating the topic beyond what we already know,5 the cumulative impact provides new directions for research.


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