However, the imposition of Assyrian religion and the prohibition of local cults are absolutely foreign to Assyrian expansionist policy.
39) The Assyrians neither interfered in religious matters nor imposed the Assyrian religion, as religious submission played no part in their imperial policy.
Parpola, reflecting his important work on the influence of Assyrian religion
on that of the successors to the Assyrian empire, suggests not only that Yasna 44 of the Zoroastrian Avesta goes back to Zoroaster himself, but that the Yasna is based on Zoroaster's experience as a hostage in Esarhaddon or Assurbanipal's court.
Some letters published here have long been recognized as important for understanding Assyrian religion
but are not widely known because they, like other Neo-Assyrian letters, remained available for study only in the pioneering but often inaccurate cuneiform block-print edition of Robert Harper (Assyrian and Babylonian Letters [Chicago: Univ.
1] The hundred-plus-page introduction to Assyrian Prophecies represents a restatement of Parpola's radical interpretation of Assyrian religion in the context of a small corpus (edited, translated and annotated in less than fifty pages) of oracular prophecies from (mainly) the goddess Istar to or about the Assyrian kings Esarhaddon (680-669 B.
In the introduction to Assyrian Prophecies, Parpola presents a ten-point summary of his "new interpretive model" of Assyrian religion, organized around the prophecies themselves; the goddess Istar, who inspired the prophecies; and the figure of the king, the subject of the prophecies (pp.
In Mesopotamian traditions, the divine assembly presided over by the chief deity (An, Enlil, or both, and later Marduk or Assur) is ancient, and influenced or is part of the same cultural-religious complex as the Judeo-Christian image of God presiding over a heavenly court of celestial beings, but Parpola uses the formal similarity of a heavenly assembly as evidence that Assyrian religion was as monotheistic as Judaism and Christianity (pp.
36] And despite the obvious commonalities in the prophetic traditions of the two ancient Near Eastern cultures, the monotheism of the prophets cannot be read into Assyrian religion, nor is there any equivalence in the king-friendly ("fanatic emperor-centric zeal"; p.
all of which are derived from the Assyrian religion and philosophy.