Welcome to the July issue of Ancient News.
I’m very happy to announce that, as of July 1, the PSU Press warehouse has implemented a phased approach to resuming normal operations following our March 23 suspension of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a statewide order closing all non-life-sustaining businesses. Because of the precautions we are taking to protect our staff, it may take longer than normal to process and ship orders placed via our website or by phone. Learn more here.
Eisenbrauns turned 45 this month! Hard to believe, isn't it? But 45 years ago this month (July), Jim walked down to the courthouse in Ann Arbor, MI and registered Eisenbrauns as a bookselling business. I still run into people at conferences who remember purchasing books from Jim and Merna while they were in Ann Arbor. It wasn’t long before Jim took a teaching position at Grace in Winona Lake, IN, and that’s where Eisenbrauns was based until it became a part of PSU Press in November 2017.
Even with the warehouse shutdown, we have continued to produce (and procure) new books. I’ve listed some below. Use coupon code NR18 for 40% 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, both Festschriften, below. Also, Ben Noonan’s book, Non-Semitic Loanwords in the Hebrew Bible was featured recently on ANE Today; read the post and then buy the book! Use coupon code NR18 for 40% 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 and timely.
Please, take care of yourselves, and we’ll see each other in the future! Meanwhile, read a good book.
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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 world. . . (more)
Judging from the sheer amount of textual material left to us, the rulers of ancient Ur were above all else concerned with keeping track of their poorest subjects, who made up the majority of the population under their jurisdiction. Year after year, administrators recorded, in frightening detail, the whereabouts of the poorest individuals in monthly and yearly rosters, assigning tiny parcels of land to countless prebend holders and starvation rations to even more numerous estate slaves. The. . . (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 features essays written by more than thirty of his colleagues, former students, and friends. The contributions cover the second and first millennia BCE—from the Egyptian Old Kingdom through the Persian period—as well as New Testament times. The subjects covered include archaeology, biblical studies, Egyptology, and, of course, how these fields intersect with one another. . . (more)
This volume presents first editions of a variety of cuneiform tablets from the Old Babylonian period belonging to the collection of the late Shlomo Moussaieff. It makes available for the first time three texts representing varying levels of Mesopotamian scribal education. The first is what the authors argue is the most complete copy of the first fifty lines of the standard version of the Sumerian epic Gilgamesh and the Bull of Heaven. The second is a hitherto unpublished bilingual (Sumerian-Akkadian) lexical list of unknown provenance, similar to the Proto-Aa syllabary. Each of the 314 entries preserved on this tablet provides a pronunciation gloss, a Sumerian logogram, and an Akkadian translation. A unique feature of this list is that . . . (more)
The “radiocarbon revolution” has profoundly altered traditional historical frameworks in the Near East. Addressing the ramifications of the new, higher radiometric (14C) chronology, as well as the impact of new excavations and expanded data sets on third-millennium BCE studies, this volume brings together twenty-three essays covering a diverse array of topics, such as urbanism, heterarchy, nomadism, ruralism, terminology, and cultural continuity/discontinuity. . . (more)
Jack Murad Sasson, distinguished scholar of the ancient Near East, has enjoyed a long career studying the cultures, languages, and literatures of that consequential region. His many books and articles span a seemingly endless array of topics and materials. Foremost are his in-depth analyses of the Syrian city of Mari and its remarkable heritage. Of comparable importance are. . . (more)
This is the first of a three-volume final report on the Tel Aviv–Heidelberg Renewed Excavations at Ramat Raḥel, 2005–2010. It presents the stratigraphy and architecture of the excavation areas, including portions of the palatial compound, the subterranean columbarium complex, and the Late Roman cemetery; site formation of the tell; twentieth-century fortifications at the site; and the. . . (more)
The emergence of ancient urbanism has long held the interest of archaeologists attempting to understand the origins of inequality and its links to early urban life. This volume presents the results of archeological research at the Early Bronze Age sites of Numayra and Ras an-Numayra, conducted to investigate the rise of Early Bronze Age urban society, with a distinctive focus on links between environmental and social systems.. . . (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.
“The Earth Is the Lord’s brings much to the contemporary Christian conversation surrounding the relationship between God, humanity, and creation.”—Jacob R. Evers, Beaverton, Oregon in Review of Biblical Literature, May 2020
“Holger Gzella examines “untypical wayyiqtol forms” in early Hebrew in light of the linguistic diversity characterizing the early attestations of Hebrew and Aramaic (21–37). . . . I would most likely include [this article] on a syllabus for a graduate course in historical Hebrew grammar. . . . Mark F. Rooker surveys some recent reactions to the debate concerning linguistic dating of biblical texts (38–52). . . . [H]is balanced review of the arguments is a helpful addition to the topic and would make a reasonable introductory reading for upper-level Biblical Hebrew courses where the subject is considered. . . . Heath A. Thomas offers a syntactic and semantic rereading of Job 42:6 . . . I found Thomas’s essay compelling, offering creative insights into the character Job’s emotional depth.—Jeremy M. Hutton, University of Wisconsin–Madison, in Review of Biblical Literature, May 2020
Recent political and social developments in the United States reveal a deep misunderstanding of race and religion. From the highest echelons of power to the most obscure corners of society, color and conviction are continually twisted, often deliberately for. . . (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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