posted by Trudy .
Hello. I am writing an essay about ancient religions in the Middle East, Sumerian and Hebrew. I am wondering whether I should write in the past or present tense because Hebrew is still around today (referred to as Jewish) and there is probably some minority that still practices the Sumerian religion.
Thank you for using the Jiskha Homework Help Forum. Yes, why not the present tense? Of course, some things may have changed and you might also relate how it used to be (past tense).
I really don't know if the things are the same today or not though.
The Sumerian religion died out many years ago. Basically the Hebrew religion has stayed the same -- at least for Orthodox Jews. Since you're writing about ancient religions, I suggest you use the past tense, except when you are specifically talking about today's Judaism.
Okay, that makes sense. Thanks!