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(lišānum akkadītum). The oldest recorded Semitic language. The common language of the ancient Near East until the eighth century bc.
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Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
AkkadianOften a general term for the dialects of the ancient Semitic language spoken in and around Mesopotamia and attested in documents from as early as ca. 2350 b.c.e. to the 1st century c.e. More precisely used, Akkadian designates the earliest historical phase of East Semitic which appears in texts
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Akkadian [ə kāˊdĭ ən] (Akk. akkadû “of Akkad”).† General designation of various East Semitic dialects, particularly Assyrian and Babylonian. Written on clay or stone in the cuneiform (Lat. “wedge form”) script borrowed from the non-Semitic Sumerians, Akkadian is based primarily on triconsonantal
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
AKKADIAN First known Semitic invaders of Mesopotamia and the language they spoke. Also spelled “Accadian.” The Akkadians, under Sargon the Great, conquered Mesopotamia and established the first true empire in world history (2360–2180 b.c.). Their ancient capital Akkad (Agade) is mentioned in Gen. 10:10
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L
Languages of the Ane
languages of the ANE. Those languages of the ANE that have left behind many documents on clay, stone, papyrus, or even parchment are fairly few in number, and are for the most part well known. There were dozens of other languages and dialects spoken by the various nationalities and tribes of this region
Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry & Writings
3. Akkadian Literature
3. Akkadian LiteratureThe Akkadian corpus embraces cultic, like Sumerian, and secular love lyrics. The texts range from early to late in respective dialects. Old Akkadian is the dialect of the last half of the third millennium bc. At millennium’s turn, the language is classified according to two regional
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
AKKADIAN. East Semitic language spoken in ancient Mesopotamia and belonging to the larger Afroasiatic linguistic family. Attested from the mid-3rd millennium bce, Akkadian borrowed its cuneiform writing system from the unrelated Sumerian language. Beginning with the second millennium, Akkadian appeared