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Nabu, Nebo

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Nabu is the Mesopotamian (Sumerian and Babylonian; Assyrian, Akkadian) god of wisdom.

 

He is the son of Marduk and Sarpanitu.

 

He invented the art of writing and recorded all knowledge on clay tablets.

 

His ship was known as Iddahedu.

 

Originally, Nabu was a West Semitic deity introduced by the Amorites into Mesopotamia, probably at the same time as Marduk shortly after 2000 BC.

 

While Marduk became Babylon's main deity, Nabu resided in nearby Borsippa in his temple E-zida.

 

He was first called the "scribe and minister of Marduk", later assimilated as Marduk's beloved son from Sarpanitum.

 

During the Babylonian New Year Festival, the cult statue of Nabu was transported from Borsippa to Babylon in order to commune with his father Marduk...

 

In late Babylonian astrology, Nabu was connected with the planet Mercury.

 

As the god of wisdom and writing, he was equated by the Greeks to either Apollo or Hermes, the latter identified by the Romans with their own god Mercury.

 

Nabu is mentioned in the Nevi'im of the Tanakh as Nebo in Isaiah 46:1

 

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Kasey Saeturn's curator insight, September 28, 2013 10:05 PM

I've always been interested in things like gods and to see that even back in ancient Mesopotamia there were gods that were being worshipped and even later on in history there were other eras that continued on worshipping this god as well.

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