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The Babylonian Origins Of The Mandaean Book Of The Zodiac

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This chapter discusses some Babylonian astrological and divinatory elements in the Mandaean Asfar/Sfar Malwašia (SM). It first outlines the contents of the SM, and discusses about other influences evidenced in this work. The SM is a compilation from various sources of astrological and divinatory content and arranged in two major parts. Two of the major sources for the Babylonian origins of SM are the great compilation of celestial omens Enūma Anu Enlil and its hemerological companion entitled Iqqur Ipuš (IqIp). When it comes to the divinatory sections of the work underlying sources are of pre-Hellenistic Babylonian origins. In addition to the celestial omens, the hemerological omens of IqIp he tears down, he rebuilds, give predictions for phenomena occurring or activities undertaken in the twelve months of the year.

Keywords: Babylonian origins; Enūma Anu Enlil; Iqqur Ipuš (IqIp); Mandaean; Mandaean Asfar/Sfar Malwašia (SM); Zodiac

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