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The author successfully combines "modern" detective stories from the 19th, 20th & 21st centuries, archeological, linguistic & literary; with an approachable guide to the history of written language (focusing on cunieform); and the evolution of biblical literature (focusing on the Noah story, but not only that). The writing & the narration, excellent. I was so sorry when the book was over, I wanted to hear more.
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Yes, there are videos online providing much of the same story; however, you might find the finer details in this book even more fascinating. In short, it's a detailed historical and semi-linguistic discussion about Cuneiform tablets, the Babylonians, and how their inscriptions passed through history in a variety of forms all the way into modern day religion. If you don't get captivated by academic studies, then move on. But if you do, this book is for you.