The Catholic University of America

 Dr. Bosworth published an article "Ancient Prayer and the Psychology of Religion: Deities as Parental Figures"

Dr. David Bosworth published the article "Ancient Prayer and the Psychology of Religion: Deities as Parental Figures" in the current issue of the Journal of Biblical Literature 134 (2015) 681-700. The work examines the image of deities in the Psalms and ancient Akkadian prayers from Mesopotamia. The prayer texts indicate that these ancient peoples understood the deities they worshipped in part as parent-like figures. The article correlates the prayer texts with research on the psychology of religion and the parent-child bond.