Welcome to the June issue of Ancient News. As always, we have great new releases and forthcoming titles that will assist your research endeavors. Sign up for email notices and receive a 30% discount coupon when the books are released.
As mentioned last month, Jim will be making the conference circuit, from Indiana to Innsbruck to Helsinki. If your travel plans include any of the listed conferences, be sure to stop by our table and say hi. Of course, we’ll have 30–40% off on all the books.
A few reviews of Eisenbrauns books came to our attention this month, two of which are featured in the Awards & Reviews section. Rounding out this month’s Ancient News are two related PSU Press new releases that you might find interesting.
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Robert Wall began his teaching career at Seattle Pacific University in 1978. Now, forty years later and in celebration of his seventieth birthday, colleagues and former students have gathered to produce this volume in honor of their friend and teacher. The results are sure to delight all of those who have studied under or been friends of Professor Wall. . . . (more)
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With its unique geographic diversity and abundant archaeological and textual data, the southern Levant is an excellent "laboratory" for studying how Assyrian domination operated. This collection of essays explains how Neo-Assyrian rule influenced the demographics, economy, and culture of the region.
This book responds to the need for a systematic study of Assyrian rule in the west that integrates archaeological and textual. . . (more)
The contributors to this collection include both established and up-and-coming scholars whose work brings gender studies theories—from Butler’s theory of gender as a performance to more recent theories that consider gender as a spectrum—to bear on varied materials and contexts. Their essays increase the visibility of women in ancient history, untangle constructions of masculinity and femininity in diverse contexts, and grapple with. . . (more)
The last few decades have seen a gradual shift in Isaianic studies as scholars have begun to give greater attention to the book’s literary features rather than focusing predominantly on the question of its sources. Brittany Kim’s study takes a literary approach, exploring how the book portrays Israel and its capital city using five metaphors that arise from the realm of household. . . (more)
The epistle of James was, for years, a forgotten book in academic circles. In recent decades, however, a renewed focus on early Judaism has generated interest in looking at James with new eyes. In this context, different studies, monographs, and commentaries have been written. Poverty and wealth in the epistle continues to be a point of interest. Other topics, however, are still to be explored. One of those topics is the rhetorical study of the use of the. . . (more)
History and Hope examines the rhetorical function of Isaiah 28–35, a relatively overlooked series of six woe oracles, in relation to reading the book of Isaiah as a whole. These eight chapters rely on the language of agrarian wisdom to transport the reader from prior reflections on historical destruction into a vision of ultimate hope. Stulac’s study, therefore, offers new insight into the book of Isaiah, but perhaps more importantly, it does so through two methodological innovations that promise to. . . (more)
“The book provides a helpful survey of classical and contemporary views of the imago Dei and a biblical view that includes material from both Testaments. Peterson promotes a canonical and systematic view of the imago Dei that draws insights from all of these understandings as well as provides a more flexible and potentially expanding view of human nature.”—Stephen Reed, University of Jamestown, in Review of Biblical Literature, May 2018
“The richly illustrated volume presents the archaeology and finds from the fort, as well as analyses of floral and faunal remains. Among the most exciting finds—attesting to the Roman emperor Diocletian’s reorganization of Arabia and Palaestina—is a monumental Latin inscription indicating that the fort was established in the late third century C.E. by Aufidius Priscus, governor of the province of Palaestina, who is also known from an inscription on a marble column found in Caesarea Maritima.”—Biblical Archaeology Review, January/February, 2018
The wide-ranging work of Rahel Jaeggi, a leading voice of the new generation of critical theorists, demonstrates how core concepts and methodological approaches in the tradition of the Frankfurt School can be updated, stripped of their dubious metaphysical. . . (more)
Inspired by the idea of symbiosis in evolution¶mdash;that all living things evolve in a series of cooperative relationships—Thomas takes readers on a journey through the progression of life. Along the way she shares the universal likenesses, experiences, and. . . (more)
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