The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria

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Author: Theophilus Goldridge Pinches

Their Origin.

There is some probability that, as indicated in the tenth chapter of Genesis, the desire in building these towers was to get nearer the Deity, or to the divine inhabitants of the heavens in general—it would be easier there to gain attention than on the surface of the earth. Then there was the belief, that the god to whom the place was dedicated would come down to such a sanctuary, which thus became, as it were, the stepping-stone between heaven and earth. Sacrifices were also offered at these temple-towers (whether on the highest point or not is not quite certain), in imitation of the Chaldæan Noah, Ut-napištim, who, on coming out of the ark, made an offering /ina zikkurat šadê/, "on the peak of the mountain," in which passage, it is to be noted, the word /zikkurat/ occurs with what is probably a more original meaning.

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Chicago: Theophilus Goldridge Pinches, "Their Origin.," The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria, trans. Weber, Gottfried in The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria Original Sources, accessed December 3, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=KZUQA5RI1P294YV.

MLA: Pinches, Theophilus Goldridge. "Their Origin." The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria, translted by Weber, Gottfried, in The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria, Original Sources. 3 Dec. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=KZUQA5RI1P294YV.

Harvard: Pinches, TG, 'Their Origin.' in The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria, trans. . cited in , The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria. Original Sources, retrieved 3 December 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=KZUQA5RI1P294YV.