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The Bible and Babylon

Excerpt from The Bible and Babylon: Their Relationship in the History of Culture Against the hasty acceptance of a line of thought which has of late been vehemently urged in Germany, and has found too much countenance among some scholars in this country. The decipherment of the cuneiform inscriptions has not only revealed a good many resemblances in the Babylonian records to some of the opening passages of the Hebrew Scriptures, but has shown that the civiliza tion of Babylonia was in many respects similar to that which is presupposed in the early narratives of the Old Testament. It is clear among other things, from the nature of the recently deciphered Code of Hammurabi, who was probably a contemporary of Abraham, that the Mosaic Code was analogous, in general character, to a system of legislation long ante cedent to it. The inspiration of the Divine lawgiver was exerted, in fact, not in creating. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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