Welcome to the August issue of Ancient News. As you prepare for the beginning of the new school year, don't miss looking at our rerelease party—30% off on twelve rereleased titles, including some that might be on your textbook list. We also have two just-released book and two more in press and due shortly right now. The Unfolding of Your Words Gives Light, a surprise Festschrift, was recently presented to the honoree. You can see the photos on our Facebook page or our Twitter feed.
As usual, Eisenbrauns books are getting great reviews. I've posted two of them below. Yes, I know they aren't as thrilling as last month's Amazon endorsement of Child Sacrifice in Ancient Israel for their baby registry, but solid reviews of solid books, nonetheless.
Rounding out this month’s Ancient News are two new PSU Press books that you might find interesting.
This pioneering work that first appeared in 1972 in German was the first to compare the conceptual world of a biblical book with ancient Near Eastern iconography. Eisenbrauns’ English edition of Keel’s classic work provides the 21st century scholar with his groundbreaking methodology. Generously illustrated with. . . (more)
Students of Akkadian will find this handy collection of basic information to be the ideal companion through their years of study. Though this handbook is not a replacement for the standard reference works, it summarizes all the basic resource materials needed for the study of Akkadian. Included are the following: miscellaneous helps, paradigms of. . . (more)
Gotthelf Bergsträsser (1886–1933) was one of the great Semitic linguists and philologists. This small volume encapsulates his learning, and every page yields concise statements of remarkable insight. He intended the book for elementary classes in Semitic linguistics, but only one familiar with the material can begin to appreciate the achievement in these brief chapters. A translation seemed called for for several reasons: It is generally agreed that. . . (more)
The present volume is one of four to be devoted to the correspondence of Sargon, founder of the last imperial dynasty of Assyria, and his officials. 258 letters are treated, many of which have previously appeared only in cuneiform copies; three fragments were hitherto quite unpublished. The text editions—transliterations and translations side by side, with a minimum of apparatus criticus—are. . . (more)
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History and Hope examines the rhetorical function of Isaiah 28–35, a relatively overlooked series of six woe oracles, in relation to reading the book of Isaiah as a whole. These eight chapters rely on the language of agrarian wisdom to transport the reader from prior reflections on historical destruction into a vision of ultimate hope. Stulac’s study, therefore, offers new insight into the book of Isaiah, but perhaps more importantly, it does so through. . . (more)
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“Twenty-five years [sixty-five now!] after it first appeared, Jellicoe's classic work is still one of the most comprehensive introductions to the Septuagint and cognate studies. Its completeness makes it valuable not only as a textbook, but also as a reference tool for those working in the Septuagint.
In bringing together the principal features of twentieth-century Septuagint studies, the author provides a wealth of. . . (more)
Containing the final 488 commodity chits, this third volume of Textbook of Aramaic Ostraca from Idumea brings to a close the first comprehensive edition of the Idumean ostraca. Since the early 1990s, about two thousand Idumean Aramaic ostraca have found their way into museums, libraries, and private collections. Four major publications covering some of these texts have appeared, three of which. . . (more)
Sepphoris was a major settlement in the Roman and Byzantine periods, with its earliest inhabitants stretching back to at least the Persian period. It has been intensively excavated by a several teams, including Duke University in the 1980s and 1990s. The present report brings to a close a series of. . . (more)
This collection of essays, covering nearly every aspect of Biblical Hebrew studies, testifies to the invigorating joy of studying that language—a joy that is richly exemplified in the life of the volume’s honoree, George Klein.
Paying tribute to a. . . (more)
This seventh volume of final reports of the Lahav Research Project’s efforts at Tell Halif in Southern Israel focuses on the team’s excavations and related regional ethnographic research at adjacent Khirbet Khuweilifeh, an early twentieth-century settlement of Bedouin and Arab fellahin clients. These efforts illustrate the. . . (more)
“All in all, [this book] is an exemplary documentation of the survey work done in a place that so far has seen only rare and completely insufficient archaeological research. For future excavations, this report will provide preliminary work. Special thanks are due to the publishers.”—Erasmus Gass, Trier, in Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche wissenschaft 130 (2018): 308–9
“Overall, this book is a thoroughly engaging study of Persian Yehud that covers a wide range of data and relevant debates. This reviewer found the overviews, maps, and charts of relevant exca- vations in chapter 2 extremely helpful, providing a great resource for those not specialising in archaeology. Despite the study’s otherwise heavy focus on literary texts, Ristau consistently adopts a measured approach that attempts not to read said texts in splendid isolation.… [T]he study as a whole is very stimulating and provides a wealth of thought-provoking readings which will be fruitful for further research.”—Jason M. Silverman in Palestine Exploration Quarterly 150 (2018)
In The Letters of Mary Penry, Scott Paul Gordon provides unprecedented access to the intimate world of a Moravian single sister. This vast collection of letters—compiled, transcribed, and annotated by Gordon—introduces readers to an unmarried woman who worked, worshiped, and wrote about her experience living in Moravian religious communities at. . . (more)
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