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The Aramaic texts among the Dead Sea Scrolls are among the most important discoveries for the history of Aramaic and for the background of early Judaism and Christianity. Dictionary of Qumran Aramaic is a comprehensive dictionary of all the Aramaic texts from the 11 Qumran caves, from a noted specialist in Qumran Aramaic.
Moshe Weinfeld’s contributions to the study of the Bible and its literature, as well as the social and political situation of the Bible in its ancient Near Eastern context, are well known. In this volume, 35 colleagues and students contribute essays organized according to four subjects: exegetical and literary studies on the Bible; studies on Biblical Hebrew, history, and geography; ancient Near Eastern and Amarna studies; and studies on Qumran, post-biblical Judaism, and the Jewish medieval commentaries.
Offered in celebration of Talmon’s half-century of life and study in Israel, the essays in this Festschrift reflect Talmon’s lifelong interest in all phases of biblical and related study. Also included is a comprehensive listing of Talmon’s published writings.
The essays by Shemaryahu Talmon (1920–2010) presented in this fourth volume of his collected studies in English were written against the background of the momentous manuscript finds at various sites in the Judean Desert, including approximately 200 biblical or Bible-related manuscripts and manuscript fragments discovered at Qumran. These discoveries afford scholars unprecedented information on the early transmission history of the biblical text.
“There is no way to decipher the history of Ancient Israel without the archaeology of Jerusalem, with no access to the Temple Mount, there is no way to understand the archaeology and history of Jerusalem without the City of David ridge, and there is no way to study the City of David without the results of the Reich/Shukron excavations. This volume is therefore a landmark in the archaeology of Jerusalem and the Land of Israel.”—Israel Finkelstein, Professor Emeritus of Archaeology at Tel Aviv University
In this volume, Alhena Gadotti and Alexandra Kleinerman investigate how Akkadian speakers learned Sumerian during the Old Babylonian period in areas outside major cities.
It is generally accepted that Revelation’s heavenly scenes were intended to demonstrate that God continued to exercise his control even when the audience’s experience might suggest otherwise. In The Abyss in Revelation, Edward Gudeman argues that even though the scenes of the underworld and its inhabitants are describing reality from the opposite perspective, they declare God’s sovereignty and power in an equally powerful way.
The three volumes of Megiddo VI: The 2010–2014 Seasons display a rich set of finds, spanning about 1,000 years of history from the Middle Bronze Age to the Iron Age IIB. They include a large number of studies in archaeology and the exact and life sciences, including topics such as radiocarbon dating, geoarchaeology, paleomagnetism, and metallurgy.
A Handbook of Gods and Goddesses of the Ancient Near East: Three Thousand Deities of Anatolia, Syria, Israel, Sumer, Babylonia, Assyria, and Elam by Douglas R. Frayne and Johanna H. Stuckey, with illustrations by Stéphane Beaulieu, is a finalist for the the 46th Annual PROSE Award in Biological Anthropology, Ancient History & Archaeology.
Peerapat Ouyssok, writing for the Journal of the American Oriental Society, calls The Royal Inscriptions of Ashurbanipal (668–631 BC), Aššur-etel-ilāni (630–627 BC), and Sîn-šarra-iškun (626–612 BC), “an excellent point of departure for readers who are about to start their in-depth exploration into the crucial period not only of the Neo-Assyrian empire but also of the broader history of Mesopotamian civilization in the first millennium.”
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“Adds greatly to our appreciation and understanding of medieval sermons and sheds light on how receptive audiences must have been to what was a highly sophisticated rhetorical form.”—Holly Johnson, author of The Grammar of Good Friday: Macaronic Sermons of Late Medieval England
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