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Welcome to the April issue of Ancient News. We've been busy since this newsletter last went out, adding (click on the series name to go to the website) the Cornell University Studies in Assyriology and Sumerology (CUSAS), as well as other CDL titles, such as Before the Muses, to the website. You will also find The Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies; The Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project and its series, among them PNA, SAA, and SAACT; and Deo and its series, including History of Biblical Interpretation, JPTSup, and Pentecostal Commentary.

In related news, I’ll be at the Upper Midwest AAR/SBL conference on April 14 with our latest books. Drop by if you are in the area! It’s a great chance to pick up our books at 30% off!

Email list changes: One of the neat things about PSU Press is that we now have the ability to offer you specialized email lists. Go to the email sign-up page and select the series that interest you. Interested in a specific book that’s forthcoming? No problem! Sign up to be notified when it is published—and you’ll get a code for 30% off in the email, too!

Reviews! Eisenbrauns books are always getting great reviews. We’ve included snippets of some of them.

Monthly sale: In celebration of the recent publication of two new titles in the CUSAS series, we're running a 30% sale on all titles in that series now through April 30. Use the coupon code CUSAS when checking out. To see all the titles in the series, click here


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upcoming exhibits & events

awards & reviews

From the Mari Archives

From the Mari Archives

An Anthology of Old Babylonian Letters

“Sasson knows this topic well and so the texts are thoroughly translated and footnoted. He provides the briefest of introductions, but in those few pages provides key information to situate the texts and an outline and footnotes to lead anyone into more detail should they seek it.. . . Sasson, as both an ancient Near Eastern specialist and a biblical scholar, is adept at building bridges between the two fields without overstepping what and where the connections between the two are.. . . [T]he voices of these ancient people spring to life on these pages. The texts are organized in a fashion that allows the reader to unpack various themes and every page surges with real people dealing with the issues of their day.”—Tammi J. Schneider, Claremont Graduate University in Reading Religion

Land before the Kingdom of Israel

The Land before the Kingdom of Israel

A History of the Southern Levant and the People who Populated It

“[T]he book under review has relevance . . . as it advances a series of new interpretations on Near Eastern and biblical data and readdresses old problems, and for those reasons alone, it should be said from the outset, scholars of the ancient Levant should read and attend carefully to this work.. . . To conclude, parts 1 and 2 of this study represent an important contribution to the sociopolitical history of the southern Levant during the Late Bronze Age. Of relevance, in particular, is Benz’s emphasis on the social distribution of power, its relational nature, and the continuity, from the Late Bronze to the Iron Age, of power structures and political practices.. . . [I]t offers a fresh, sophisticated, and elegantly written reappraisal of old issues and known sources.”—Emanuel Pfoh, National University of La Plata; National Research Council (CONICET) in Review of Biblical Literature, February 2018

Handbook of Biblical Hebrew

A Handbook of Biblical Hebrew

“While handbooks of Hebrew abound, this collection of essays does not stop with a technical linguistic treatment but introduces readers to the communities using and preserving these texts. The authors collectively present a nuanced history of Biblical Hebrew that traces its evolution from a spoken and written Iron Age language to a language used in more specialized contexts. The handbook‘s primary achievement is the inclusion of lesser-known religious and scholarly communities. Those who do not have access to the Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics edited by Geoffrey Khan et al. (Leiden: Brill, 2013) or who would like a convenient collection of articles and accompanying primary texts will find this a helpful resource. This broad perspective could fill a lacuna in the education of most students, especially those unfamiliar with the reading traditions of the Samaritans, Karaites, and modern Jewish communities.”—Alice Mandell, University of Wisconsin-Madison in Review of Biblical Literature, February 2018

new from psu press

Apocalypse Illuminated

Apocalypse Illuminated

The Visual Exegesis of Revelation in Medieval Illustrated Manuscripts

Richard K. Emmerson

With its rich symbolism, complex narrative, and stunning imagery, the Apocalypse, or Revelation of John, is arguably the most memorable book in the Christian Bible. In Apocalypse Illuminated, Richard Emmerson explores how this striking visionary text is represented across seven centuries of medieval illustrations. . . (more)

Exiled in Modernity

Exiled in Modernity

Delacroix, Civilization, and Barbarism

David O’Brien

Notions of civilization and barbarism were intrinsic to Eugène Delacroix’s artistic practice: he wrote regularly about these concepts in his journal, and the tensions between the two were the subject of numerous paintings, including his most ambitious mural project, the ceiling of the Library of the Chamber of Deputies in the Palais Bourbon. Exiled in Modernity delves deeply into these themes, revealing . . (more)


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