Welcome to the February issue of Ancient News. We have an assortment of good stuff for you, starting out with our 10-day sale, featuring selected titles in the Biblical and Judaic Studies from the University of California, San Diego series at 30–50% off! The sale ends March 4th, though, so hurry! I’ve listed the titles below.
Jim will be in Chicago for the 229th meeting of the AOS on March 15–18th with a stack of new books. Be sure to stop by the display, browse the books, and say hi to Jim.
In other news, we created a tribute page for Gary Knoppers, Eisenbrauns author and Penn State University professor for 25 years. If you know of an online tribute, please let me know and I’ll add a link to the page.
On a less somber note, over in the Twittersphere, Eisenauthor Dru Johnson created a couple of graphics promoting his books that you might enjoy. And Robert Miller will be giving a lecture related to his Dragon book; the details are below.
Rounding out this month’s Ancient News is a new PSU Press book that you might find interesting, and a forthcoming book in the Religion Around series. If you are interested in knowing when it is published, be sure to sign up for an email notification by clicking here and subscribing to the Religion Around series (you can also subscribe to other PSU Press emails there).
n this comprehensive study of a common deity found in the ancient Near East as well as many other cultures, Green brings together evidence from the worlds of myth, iconography, and literature in an attempt to arrive at a new synthesis regarding the place of the Storm-god. He finds that the Storm-god was the force primarily responsible for three major areas of human concern: (1) religious power because. . . (more)
For the past half-century, David Noel Freedman has had an enormous impact on the study of the Bible, both as an author and as an editor of the writings of others. As his colleagues note in their comments at the beginning of this volume, “You are quintessentially the man of the book. And perhaps what impresses us most is that your bibliography of hundreds of books is not limited to the. . . (more)
Lisbeth S. Fried’s insightful study investigates the impact of Achaemenid rule on the political power of local priesthoods during the 6th–4th centuries B.C.E. Scholars typically assume that, as long as tribute was sent to Susa, the capital of the Achaemenid Empire, subject peoples remained autonomous. Fried’s work challenges this assumption. She examines the inscriptions, coins, temple archives, and literary texts from Babylon, Egypt, Asia Minor, and Judah and concludes that. . . (more)
Ancient Israel is widely regarded as having been set apart from the nations, representing a unique sociopolitical entity in the ancient world. United by a common tribal identity and a commitment to worshiping the God who delivered them from Egypt exclusively, the Israelites established an egalitarian community that stood in contrast to the. . . (more)
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.
Old Syrian can be defined most appropriately as a diachronically. . . (more)
In antiquity, “son of god”—meaning a ruler designated by the gods to carry out their will—was a title used by the Roman emperor Augustus and his successors as a way to reinforce their divinely appointed status. But this title was also used by early Christians to speak about Jesus, borrowing the idiom from Israelite and early Jewish discourses on monarchy. This interdisciplinary volume explores what it means to be. . . (more)
See it at the AOS meeting!
In this volume, Kioumars Ghereghlou presents an edition, with preface and indexes, of a previously unpublished sixteenth-century Persian chronicle. Written by Qāsim Beg Ḥayātā, a court scribe to Shah Ṭahmāsp (r. 1524‐76), it covers Safavid history beginning with the early part of the fourteenth century and closing with an account of Shah Ismāʿīl’s (r. 1501–24) rise to power and military campaigns in Iran. . . (more)
The Monumental Reliefs of the Elamite Highlands documents and analyzes for the first time a corpus of eighteen monumental highland reliefs from the Elamite civilization in ancient Iran, which—hitherto preserved by their remote location and anonymous existence—have recently become imperiled by an influx of tourists and the development of the surrounding landscapes. With this book, Javier Álvarez-Mon aims to. . . (more)
“To his credit, his study maintains the distinctiveness of each book’s portrait of Jehoiachin, including the inner developments that are evident. He does not attempt to flatten out the testimony of each book, let alone of the entire canon. On the contrary, his attention to theological developments is highly commendable and ensures his synthesis is not monochrome but has texture and credibility. . . . Patton’s work is an important contribution to the study of the significance of Jehoiachin in biblical theology. The presentation of the biblical data (except for Isaiah) is first rate and demonstrates that Jehoiachin was not just a diminutive figure of Judah’s decline but also the one prophetically marked out as the carrier of divine promises of the nation’s future restoration.”—George Athas, Moore Theological College in Review of Biblical Literature, December 2018
“[T]he book is . . . a solid exploration of the prophetic phenomenon and many chapters therein deserve to be at the forefront of the discussion as to the role of prophets vis-à-vis the state.”—Kurtis Peters, University of British Columbia in Biblical and Early Christian Studies
In this volume, Garnet C. Butchart shows how human communication can be understood as embodied relations and not merely as a mechanical process of transmission. Expanding on contemporary philosophies of speech and language, self and other, and community and. . . (more)
In this volume, Joshua Eckhardt examines the religious texts and books that surrounded the poems, sermons, and inscriptions of the early modern poet and preacher John Donne. Focusing on the material realities legible in manuscripts and Sammelbände, bookshops and private libraries, Eckhardt uncovers the. . . (more)
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