London: Published for the British Academy by Oxford University Press, 1977. First Edition. Cloth. Small 4to, black cloth with gold lettering on spine, frontispiece is a colored photograph of Yazilikaya, illustrated with line drawings & 8 photographic plates, Mylar-protected dust jacket, [viii] + 78 + 8 B&W photographic plates, or 94 pp. overall. Fine / Fine. Item #609
An important summary of Hittite religiousity in excellent condition internally and externally.
As Professor Assyriology at Oxford, Dr. Gurney delivered these three Schweich lectures in 1976. He discusses in relative chronology the evolution of the Hittite pantheon; its sacrificial cults with analogies to biblical practices such as the masseba and scapegoat ritual in Leviticus; also, various rituals and their relationship to those found in Canaanite and ancient Hebrew/Israelite practice. He also delves into the religious functions of the open-air temple at Yazilikaya.