Welcome to the August issue of Ancient News.
I’m very happy to announce that, as of August 1, we were able to resume our two-week sales. The first sale is selected titles in the State Archives of Assyria Cuneiform Texts series at 40% off. I’ve listed some of the titles below, but take time to visit the sale page to see them all. The sale ends August 15th, so hurry. Find out about all our sales and new releases by updating your BookNews subscription.
We have some new books coming out this month, plus a few that came out in July. I’ve listed four below. Use coupon code NR18 for 30% off. And if you have an idea for a book, let Jen Singletary, our acquisitions editor know.
I ran across several good reviews of Eisenbrauns books this month. I’ve included an excerpt from two of them below. Use coupon code NR18 for 30% off. If you happen across a review of an Eisenbrauns book, please let me know about it via email!
Rounding out this month’s Ancient News is a pair of PSU Press books recently released or soon to release that you might find interesting. One is the second installment in the Inventing Christianity series.
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Enjoy a good book at a social distance from others and stay healthy!
The Poor Man of Nippur is a short tale of 160 lines, telling how a poor man wronged by the governor of his city, Nippur, cunningly takes revenge on his abuser and wrongdoer. The story is told in a sympathetic and humorous way, making it captivating and entertaining reading even by modern standards, and it is of exceptional literary value in the context of Ancient Mesopotamia, where similar humorous or satirical compositions are rare. The tale evidently enjoyed great popularity in ancient times, as indicated by the fact that its motif recurs in. . . (more)
The standard Babylonian series Maqlû, “Burning,” comprises eight tablets of incantations in which the text of almost one hundred Akkadian incantations is recorded, and a ritual tablet in which the incantations are cited by their incipit and ritual directions are prescribed. It is the longest and most important magical ritual against witches and their witchcraft from ancient Mesopotamia. This complex ceremony was performed during one night and the following morning at the end of. . . (more)
Assyria’s last great king Assurbanipal invested much time and effort ensuring that his accomplishments both on and off the battlefield were immortalized as he wished to his gods and subjects, foreign rulers and dignitaries, future kings of Assyria, and future generations of Assyrians. Numerous royal inscriptions and sculpted stone orthostats are a testament to the large number of scribes and artists involved in the creation and masterful reworking of his image as a warrior without equal, a fearless lion hunter, a well-educated and literate ruler, and a. . . (more)
The Myth of Nergal and Ereškigal, preserved in two versions, a Middle-Babylonian one from Tell el-Amarna and a much longer Standard Babylonian one probably composed in Assyria in the early first millennium BCE, tells the story of why and how Nergal, son of Ea, the god of wisdom, descended into the Netherworld by the “ladders of heaven,” fell in love with Ereškigal, queen of the Netherworld, and eventually deposed her and usurped her throne. Like all Mesopotamian myths, the story is replete with. . . (more)
The missing piece in so many histories of Mesopotamian technical disciplines is the client, who often goes unnoticed by present-day scholars seeking to reconstruct ancient disciplines in the Near East over millennia. The contributions to this volume investigate how Mesopotamian medical specialists interacted with their patients and, in doing so, forged their social and. . . (more)
This volume completes the publication of Middle Babylonian texts from the Rosen Collection that date to the Kassite period, a project that was initiated by Wilfred H. van Soldt with CUSAS 30 in 2015. In this book, Elena Devecchi provides full transliterations, translations, and extended commentaries of 338 previously unpublished cuneiform tablets from Kassite Babylonia (ca. 1475–1155 BCE). Most of the texts are dated to the. . . (more)
This volume brings together five essays that represent the latest directions in the study of geography in classical antiquity. Arranged chronologically, these contributions cover several centuries and cultures, ranging from ancient Mesopotamia to the Roman Empire and deal with topics such as ancient cosmology, literary interpretations of geography, ancient navigation, and geography in the Roman Imperial. . . (more)
James Hoffmeier is a giant in the field of Egyptology. Among his many publications are two volumes of archaeological reports from Tell el-Borg, where he led excavations from 1999 to 2008. He is also well known for his interest in how ancient Egypt and the biblical world intersected, having edited and written several books on the subject. This volume. . . (more)
We’re excited to offer these virtual exhibits and look forward to seeing you in person at conferences in the future. See the full list of virtual exhibits here.
“In a nutshell, this book argues persuasively that the literary-theological intent of the RF [recognition formula] in Ezekiel is based on the RF in Exodus and is primarily used to reinforce Yahweh’s role in the restoration of the nation. . . . Evans’s timely research presents a solid, systematic, and comprehensive analysis of the RFs in Ezekiel. Biblical scholars and Ezekiel scholars in particular will find this book useful for examining biblical formulas, inner-biblical exegesis, and evaluating Ezekiel’s theological message.”—Tova Ganzel, Bar-Ilan University in Review of Biblical Literature, May 2020
“A conclusione di queste osservazioni ritengo che la ricerca di Harper sia di notevole interesse perché ha scandagliato una grande quantità di materiale letterario.”—Giovanni Deiana, in Biblica 101 (2020): 132–34
[“At the conclusion of these observations I believe that Harper’s research is of considerable interest because it has fathomed a great deal of literary material.”]
With the recognition that Christian authors were deeply engaged with the norms and realities of Roman intellectual culture, Secord examines the thought of a succession of Christian literati that includes Justin Martyr, Tatian, Julius. . . (more)
Inspired by Machiavelli, modern philosophers held that the tension between the goals of biblical piety and the goals of political life needed to be resolved in favor of the political, and they attempted to recast and delimit traditional Christian. . . (more)
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