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Dr. David Neiman's lectures on the Cradles of Civilization Dr. Neiman comments on the many policies of Hamurabi - the first that were of benefit to his people and to those nations that he conquered in his many campaigns. Hamurabi, sixth ruler of Babylon and first to create an empire, is described as an absolute ruler, but a ruler who felt at one with his people and enacted polices to improve their lives. He established an empire and with a 43 year reign, and the empire remained the mother of western civilization for 1000 years. Dr. Neiman compares the political approach of Hamurabi of Babylon to other great leaders including: Nebuchadnezzer, Cyrus The Great, Alexander The Great and
(Wikipedia) Hammurabi (Akkadian from Amorite ʻAmmurāpi, "the kinsman is a healer," from ʻAmmu, "paternal kinsman," and Rāpi, "healer"; (died c. 1750 BC)) was the sixth king of Babylon (that is, of the First Babylonian Dynasty) from 1792 BC to 1750 BC middle chronology (1728 BC – 1686 BC short chronology). He became the first king of the Babylonian Empire following the abdication of his father, Sin-Muballit, extending Babylon's control over Mesopotamia by winning a series of wars against neighboring kingdoms. Although his empire controlled all of Mesopotamia at the time of his death, his successors were unable to maintain his empire.
Hammurabi is known for the set of laws called Hammurabi's Code, one of the first written codes of law in recorded history. These laws were inscribed on stone tablets (stelae) standing over eight feet tall (2.4 meters), of unknown provenance, found in Persia in 1901. Owing to his reputation in modern times as an ancient law-giver, Hammurabi's portrait is in many government buildings throughout the world.
Dr. David Neiman (1921-2004) was an internationally renowned scholar, speaker, and writer who inspired many people. His life's work concerned the intricate relations between Christianity, Islam, and Judaism throughout history and in modern times. Dr. Neiman made history come alive through his dramatic presentations and unique interpretations. In light of our current world situation, Dr. Neiman's work is not only extremely relevant but also remarkably prescient. More than anything, Dr. Neiman was a keen observer of the human condition. His words convey our shared history with clarity, humor, and humanity.
Dr. Neiman was the first Jewish scholar appointed to teach Religion at Boston College, one of America's leading Catholic Universities. He served as Professor in the Department of Theology for a quarter of a century. While there he was also invited to teach at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. After retiring from Boston College, Dr.Neiman moved to Los Angeles, where he taught at Loyola Marymount University, St. John' s Seminary in Camarillo and the University of Judaism in Bel Air.
Benevolent Dictatorship of Hamurabi,
(an absolute monarchy that worked)
"The law should be spoken and read in the common language",
"There were noble, freemen, and slave people"
David Neiman commenting on Hamurabi's rule
CIVILIZATION 2.5 : WARIORS
MESOPOTAMIA SUMERIANS, THE FIRST CIVILIZATION OF EARTH
[DO NOT BE DECEIVED BY THE PUBLICITY OF THE CHINESE WHO CLAIM TO BE THE FIRST CIVILIZATION OF THE WORLD. NOTE THAT CHINESE WRITING DID NOT BEGIN UNTIL AFTER 1400 BC, WHICH IS 2000 YEARS AFTER WRITING BEGAN BY SUMARIANS IN THE MIDDLE EAST (IRAQ)], Dr. David Neiman
[WRITING WAS FIRST DEVELOPED BY THE SUMARIANS], Dr. David Neiman