Originally employed in his father's business as a die-sinker, Pinches developed an interest in cuneiform inscriptions. He joined the British Museum in 1878 as an assistant curator and subsequently curator until his retirement in 1900. From 1895 to 1900, he was the assistant keeper of the Museum and responsible for many artifacts. He was a translator of Babylonian tablets. From 1886, he was one of the editors The Babylonian and Oriental Record. Pinches was a frequent contributor of articles on Middle Eastern subjects to professional journals. In 1900, he joined University College London as a lecturer in Assyriology, later moving to the University of Liverpool until shortly before his death. His works include Texts in the Babylonian Wedge-Writing (1880), The Balawat Gates and Their Relation to Assyrian Art (1880), The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria (1906), The Amherst Tablets (1908) and The Babylonian Tablets of the Berens Collection (1915).
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The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria
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