Welcome to the June issue of Ancient News!
PSU Press’s Fall/Winter 2021 Catalog has arrived! Check it out to see what’s coming up for Eisenbrauns, PSU Press, and Graphic Mundi.
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Scroll down to see some of our recently published books, including a one from PSU Press that we’re sure Jim Eisenbrauns will appreciate: The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in West Virginia. As many of you know, Jim is an avid birder, and we hope he is doing some bird-watching this month!
If you have an idea for a project, send an email to Jen Singletary, our acquisitions editor. She’d love to hear from you.
The Neo-Assyrian king Sargon II was one of the most important and famous rulers of ancient Mesopotamia. In this volume of critically important ancient documents, Grant Frame presents reliable, updated editions of Sargon’s approximately 130 historical inscriptions, as well as several from his wife, his brother, and other high officials.
Amēl-Marduk (561–560 BC), Neriglissar (559–556 BC), and Nabonidus (555–539 BC) were the last native kings of Babylon. In this modern scholarly edition of the complete extant corpus of royal inscriptions from each of their reigns, Frauke Weiershäuser and Jamie Novotny provide updated and reliable editions of the texts.
The first in a series of volumes publishing the Sumerian literary texts in the Schøyen Collection, this book makes available, for the first time, editions of seventeen cuneiform tablets, dating to ca. 2000 BCE and containing works of Sumerian religious poetry. Edited, translated, and annotated by Christopher Metcalf, these poems shed light on the interaction between cult, scholarship, and scribal culture in Mesopotamia in the early second millennium BCE.
The inaugural title of the Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian Period Project, this volume provides reliable, up-to-date editions of all of the known royal inscriptions of Esarhaddon, a son of Sennacherib who ruled Assyria for twelve years (680–669 BC). Editions of 143 firmly identifiable texts (which mostly describe successful battles and the completion of building projects, all done ad maiorem gloriam deorum), 29 poorly preserved late Neo-Assyrian inscriptions that may be attributed to him, and 10 inscriptions commissioned by his mother Naqia (Zakutu) and his wife Esharra-hammat are included.
This is part of a three-volume final report of the renewed excavations at Ramat Raḥel by the Tel Aviv–Heidelberg Expedition (2005–2010). It presents the finds from the Babylonian-Persian pit, one of the most dramatic find-spots at Ramat Raḥel.
“The references to idols in the first half of the book of Isaiah have never before been studied together in detail. Given the prominence of the subject in the second half of the book, this is a surprising gap that Lynch here fills with great insight. This will prove to be an enduring contribution to the wider topic of the development of monotheism in Israel.”—H. G. M. Williamson, Emeritus Regius Professor of Hebrew, University of Oxford
“An important case for the rhetorical significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls as well as the methodological utility of a hermeneutics/rhetoric approach for reading these texts”—Jim Ridolfo, author of Digital Samaritans: Rhetorical Delivery and Engagement in the Digital Humanities
The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in West Virginia is the most comprehensive description of bird life in the Mountain State ever published. Building on the first Atlas, published in 1994, this book documents the occurrence of 170 species of breeding birds, including three new species and one whose last breeding record was in 1888.
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