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Unlike previous grammars that focus on just two of the Coptic dialects, this volume, written by senior Egyptologist James P. Allen, describes the grammar of the language in each of the six major dialects. It also includes exercises with an answer key, a chrestomathy, and an accompanying dictionary, making it suitable for teaching or self-guided learning as well as general reference.
The system that any language uses to express evaluations, judgments, estimations, and non-real situations tends to be complicated and poorly understood, and this has certainly been the case, historically, for Akkadian. In this study, Nathan Wasserman presents the fruit of 15 years of study of the epistemic modal system of Old Babylonian, which represents one of the better-known and best-documented periods of the Akkadian language.
A Grammar of the Ancient Egyptian Pyramid Texts is designed as a six-volume study of the earliest comprehensive corpus of ancient Egyptian texts, inscribed in the pyramids of five pharaohs of the Old Kingdom (ca. 2325–2150 BC) and several of their queens. The first volume, devoted to the earliest corpus, that of Unis, is based on a database that allows for detailed analysis of the orthography of the texts and every aspect of their grammar; it includes a complete hieroglyphic lexicon of the texts and a consecutive transcription and translation on facing pages. The grammatical analysis incorporates both the most recent advances in the understanding of Egyptian grammar and a few new interpretations published here for the first time.
A Glossary of Old Syrian: ʔ – ḳ is the first of two volumes aimed at the completion of a lexicographical index of the Old Syrian linguistical continuum. This glossary gives a picture, or map, of the Old Syrian lexicon as it can be extracted and reconstructed from the available sources, from the (Old Akkadian) Eblatic through the Old and Middle Babylonian corpora.
“For almost two decades, Josef Tropper’s Altäthiopisch has been the standard grammar for Gəˁəz. This English translation by Rebecca Hasselbach-Andee is even more useful thanks to the addition of the Ethiopic script throughout. For students and scholars alike, Classical Ethiopic is the best grammar of Gəˁəz available in any language.”—Aaron M. Butts, author of Language Change in the Wake of Empire: Syriac in Its Greco-Roman Context
This multidisciplinary study takes a fresh look at Judean history and biblical literature in the late fourth and third centuries BCE. In a major reappraisal of this era, the contributions to this volume depict it as one in which critical changes took place.
“A Voice Without End brings to bear on the selected psalms models of interpretation that open up a much wider conversation—not only with the Psalter as a whole but with the wider contours of scripture in its final form. It will benefit biblical scholars with theological interests as well as theologians.”— Trevor Hart, author of Between the Image and the Word: Theological Engagements with Imagination, Language and Literature
This is part of a three-volume final report of the renewed excavations at Ramat Raḥel by the Tel Aviv–Heidelberg Expedition (2005–2010). It presents the finds from the Babylonian-Persian pit, one of the most dramatic find-spots at Ramat Raḥel.
Did you know that you can purchase a single issue of Bulletin for Biblical Research, Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters, and Journal of Theological Interpretation? Just click on the Pricing tab on either of the journal websites to find out how!
The Journals Manager and Marketing Manager met with the Board of the Journal of Theological Interpretation earlier this month. The board was pleased to hear reports of annual journal usage, indexing efforts, and to put a face with the names of the team over at the Journals side of the Pennsylvania State University Press!
“Responding to the Sacred provides a capacious and prismatic view of communicating that which is not fully communicable, and in doing so, it ventures to rhetoric’s very edges—and beyond.”—Debra Hawhee, author of Rhetoric in Tooth and Claw: Animals, Language, Sensation
“An original and venturesome text, testing just how far the concept of religious freedom might be extended. In these troubling times, this book will become an indispensable guide to help us understand the socio-legal realities for adherents of African-derived religions and the grounds on which legal protections are either offered or denied. Written in an accessible style, this book analyzes the legal and social landscape in many countries.”—Kathleen M. Moore, author of The Unfamiliar Abode: Islamic Law in the United States and Britain
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