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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 Eisenbrauns Staff

two-week sale

Save up to 50% on Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale Series through 2/14.

Patients and Performative Identities

Patients and Performative Identities

At the Intersection of the Mesopotamian Technical Disciplines and Their Clients

$119.95 $71.97

The contributions to this volume investigate how Mesopotamian medical specialists interacted with their patients and, in doing so, forged their social and professional identities.

Distant Impressions

Distant Impressions

The Senses in the Ancient Near East

$89.95 $53.97

“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

Fortune and Misfortune in the Ancient Near East

Fortune and Misfortune in the Ancient Near East

Proceedings of the 60th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale Warsaw, 21–25 July 2014

$129.95 $64.75

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.

Tradition and Innovation in the Ancient Near East

Tradition and Innovation in the Ancient Near East

Proceedings of the 57th Rencontre Assyriologique International at Rome, 4-8 July 2011

$129.50 $77.70

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.

new eisenbrauns books

Ur in the Twenty-First Century CE

Ur in the Twenty-First Century CE

Proceedings of the 62nd Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale at Philadelphia, July 11–15, 2016

Edited by Grant Frame, Joshua Jeffers, and Holly Pittman

Tightly focused in theme, yet broad in scope, this collection will be of interest to Assyriologists and archaeologists working on Iraq.

A Handbook of Gods and Goddesses of the Ancient Near East

A Handbook of Gods and Goddesses of the Ancient Near East

Three Thousand Deities of Anatolia, Syria, Israel, Sumer, Babylonia, Assyria, and Elam

Douglas R. Frayne and Johanna H. Stuckey, with illustrations by Stéphane D. Beaulieu

“A must for every scholar of the ancient religions of western Asia.”—Gary Beckman, author of The babilili-Ritual from Hattusa

Classical Ethiopic

Classical Ethiopic

A Grammar of Gəˁəz

Josef Tropper and Rebecca Hasselbach-Andee

In press!
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.

David, Messianism, and Eschatology

David, Messianism, and Eschatology

Ambiguity in the Reception History of the Book of Psalms in Judaism and Christianity

Edited by Erkki Koskenniemi and David Willgren Davage

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.

virtual exhibits & events

awards & reviews

Like a Lone Bird on a Roof

“Like a Lone Bird on a Roof”

Animal Imagery and the Structure of Psalms

Tova L. Forti

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.”

Exploring the Composition of the Pentateuch

Exploring the Composition of the Pentateuch

Edited by L. S. Baker Jr., Kenneth Bergland, Felipe A. Masotti, and A. Rahel Wells

Roy E. Gane discusses Exploring the Composition of the Pentateuch on “New Books in Jewish Studies,” a podcast by the New Books Network. Listen here.


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