Urukean priests and the Neo-Babylonian state

Michael Jursa, Shai Gordin

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The paper is constructed around a short micro-historical portrait of a priestly family active in Uruk in the sixth century bce. This introduces two interrelated issues that the paper will subsequently discuss with a view towards a contextualization of the family in question: the interaction between the Neo-Babylonian state and priests outside the capital city, and the drive towards inter-temple interaction and standardization of procedures based on the model of Esangila, the Marduk temple in the capital.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-54
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2019


  • Balātu family
  • Exorcists
  • Neo-Babylonian priests
  • State building
  • Uruk


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