Akkadian Prayer Miscellany

Alan Lenzi, University of the Pacific (Stockton, CA)

About the Director

Alan Lenzi is Professor of Humanities and History in the →History Department at →University of the Pacific (Stockton, CA). He earned his Ph.D. in Ancient Near Eastern Studies and Hebrew Bible from →Brandeis University in 2006. He specializes in the study of first millennium ancient Near Eastern religious traditions, including the interconnections between ancient Mesopotamia and biblical literature. His work on a new edition and translation of the Babylonian poem Ludlul bēl nēmeqi (with Amar Annus in 2010; →library) led him back to the topic of Akkadian prayers, especially the shuilas, which he had studied previously under Tzvi Abusch at Brandeis. During the work on Reading Akkadian Prayers and Hymns: An Introduction (2011; →library; →full text), which introduces, annotates, and translates twenty-nine Akkadian prayers (several of which are shuila-prayers) for students of the Akkadian language, he became aware of the great need for a new critical edition of the shuila-prayer corpus. →The Corpus of Akkadian Shuila-Prayers Online (CASPo), begun in the fall of 2013, is the first step in that direction. The Akkadian Prayer Miscellany is an offshoot of that project and reflects Lenzi’s broad interests in human-divine interactions in the Ancient Near East.

For more of Lenzi’s work, see →here.