Welcome to the February issue of Ancient News!
Don’t miss the latest Two-Week Sale: 40–50% off books in the Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale Series, now through February 14th! If you haven’t already, bookmark our Sales & Specials page and check back for a new sale later this month. Or save yourself some time by updating your BookNews subscription.
In virtual event news, we’re very excited to host the authors of four recent and forthcoming books in Assyriology on Friday, March 5th at 1pm EST! Elena Devecchi, Grant Frame, Gina Konstantopoulos, Shana Zaia, Frauke Weiershäuser, and Jamie Novotny will all discuss their books and answer your questions. So mark your calendars and register for the event here.
We have a few new books to highlight this month, including the much anticipated A Handbook of Gods and Goddesses of the Ancient Near East. As always, if you have an idea for a book, send an email to Jen Singletary, our acquisitions editor.
If you haven’t had a chance to look through our 2020 Catalog, read it here.
Rounding out this month’s Ancient News is a pair of new and forthcoming PSU Press books, one from our World Christianity series, and the other an intellectual biography of Ivan Illich.
Stay safe and stay warm!
The contributions to this volume investigate how Mesopotamian medical specialists interacted with their patients and, in doing so, forged their social and professional identities.
“The sensory worlds of the Hittites, Akkadians, Neo-Assyrians, and late Neolithic Halaf culture are explored in essays by different authors within this interesting, well-researched, and attractively designed work.”—T. Doran, Choice
31 essays are organized into 5 sections: (1) plenary presenations on “What Is Fortune? What Is Misfortune?”; (2) humanity and fortune/misfortune and luck, with discussion of specific examples; (3) additional papers on definitions of fortune and misfortune; (4) the effects on city and state; and (5) God and temple.
This volume, the proceedings of the conference, contains more than 40 of the papers read at the 57th annual Rencontre, including 3 plenary lectures/papers, many papers directly connected with the theme, as well as a workshop on parents and children. Read the table of contents here.
Tightly focused in theme, yet broad in scope, this collection will be of interest to Assyriologists and archaeologists working on Iraq.
“A must for every scholar of the ancient religions of western Asia.”—Gary Beckman, author of The babilili-Ritual from Hattusa
Eisenbrauns makes Tropper’s grammar available for the first time in English, in this revised and expanded edition by Josef Tropper and Rebecca Hasselbach-Andee.
Twelve renowned scholars provide contributions dealing with material ranging from ancient Ugaritic texts to early Christian and Jewish writers, including the books of the Hebrew Bible, the literature of the late Second Temple period, and the New Testament.
Izaak J. de Hulster, writing in Bibliotheca Orientalis, calls Tova Forti’s “Like a Lone Bird on a Roof”: Animal Imagery and the Structure of Psalms “an interesting study” that “enriches Psalm exegisis.”
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The Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters presents cutting-edge research for scholars, teachers, postgraduate students, and advanced undergraduates related specifically to the Apostle Paul and similar areas.
“Break[s] new ground in the study of Christian historiography beyond its Eurocentric underpinnings to encompass the diverse but hitherto overlooked Christian historiographies across the Majority World.”—Jonathan Y. Tan, author of Christian Mission Among the Peoples of Asia
“Cayley convincingly illuminates how Illich’s thought developed and how it revolves around certain central insights: complementarity, the vernacular, incarnation, and a reading of history that sees the West as a deviation from the Gospel. . . . This book is unique, much needed, and masterfully executed.”—William Cavanaugh, author of Field Hospital: The Church's Engagement with a Wounded World
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