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Archibald Sayce
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 210 pages of information about Early Israel and the Surrounding Nations.
(Eridu), the seat of the joy of their hearts, they
  proclaimed supreme. 
Merodach bound together a reed-bed on the waters; dust he made, and he poured it out on the reed-bed.  That the gods might dwell in a seat of the joy of their hearts, he formed mankind.  The goddess Aruru created the seed of mankind along with him.  He made the beasts of the field and the living creatures of the desert He made the Tigris and Euphrates and set them in their place; he declared their names to be good.  The ussu-plant, the dittu-plant of the marshland, the reed and the
  forest he created. 
He created the verdure of the plain, the lands, the marshes, and the greensward also, oxen, and calves, the wild ox and its young, the sheep and the lamb, meadows and forests also.  The he-goat and the gazelle brought forth (?) to him.  Then Merodach heaped up an embankment at the edge of the sea; ... as it had not before been made, ... he caused it to exist. [Bricks] he made in their place, ... roofs he constructed; [houses he built], cities he constructed; [cities he made], dwelling-places he prepared; [Nippur he built], E-kur he constructed; [Erech he built], E-Ana he constructed.

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