Welcome to the March issue of Ancient News. We have an assortment of good stuff for you, starting out with our 10-day sale, featuring selected Eisenbrauns titles at 30–50% off! The sale ends March 25th, though, so hurry! I’ve listed some of the titles below.
I will be in St. Paul for the Upper Midwest AAR/SBL on April 6th with a stack of new books. Be sure to stop by the display, browse the books, and say hi. Last year, we got 18 inches of snow and it was canceled. Hopefully there won’t be a repeat of that!
We received a few reviews for Eisenbrauns books this month; I’ve included excerpts from four of them below. 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 new PSU Press book that you might find interesting—I mentioned it when it was in press, but now it has been published—and an older title you may have missed.
The style of the Hebrew Bible has long been of significant interest to scholars and exegetes alike. Early Jewish and later Christian commentaries point out the importance of the exact wording in interpreting the text, and many an article has been written on features such as repetition and inclusio. With the rise of literary and narrative criticism in. . . (more)
What is sacrifice? How can we identify it in the archaeological record? And what does it tell us about the societies that practice it? Sacred Killing: The Archaeology of Sacrifice in the Ancient Near East investigates these and other questions through the evidence for human and animal sacrifice in the Near East from the Neolithic to the Hellenistic periods. Drawing on sociocultural anthropology and history in addition to. . . (more)
The second edition of Carl Brockelmann’s Lexicon Syriacum, published in 1928, is rightly considered to be the best dictionary of Syriac ever written. In the 81 years that have passed since the book’s publication, there have been great advances in both Aramaic and Semitic studies. Moreover, Syriac studies—especially the publication of the. . . (more)
Jerusalem—one of the most contested sites in the world. Reconstructing Jerusalem takes readers back to a pivotal moment in its history when it lay ruined and abandoned and the glory of its ancient kings, David and Solomon, had faded. Why did this city not share the same fate as so many other conquered cities, destroyed and forever abandoned, never to be rebuilt? Why did Jerusalem, disgraced and. . . (more)
Since the 1980s, projects such as the State Archives of Assyria have made great strides in the philological study of Neo-Assyrian inscriptional sources, producing text editions and hand-copies of administrative and legal texts, letters, religious and literary works, and royal and private commemorative inscriptions with a high standard of accuracy. And yet, nearly thirty years later, we are only beginning to scratch the surface of what these texts have to offer. This volume. . . (more)
A Glossary of Old Syrian: ʔ – ḳ is the first of two volumes aimed at the completion of a lexicographical index of the Old Syrian linguistical continuum. This glossary gives a picture, or map, of the Old Syrian lexicon as it can be extracted and reconstructed from the available sources, from the (Old Akkadian-)Eblatic through the Old and Middle Babylonian corpora.
Old Syrian can be defined most appropriately as a diachronically. . . (more)
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Religious and historical myths defined the worldviews and identities of ancient societies and form a fascinating, but difficult, object of study. In presenting a comparative analysis of several interrelated ancient mythical themes, such as the storm god, the young hero, chaos, combat with monsters, kingship, final judgment, organization of the cosmos, and the foundation of kingship, this thorough and groundbreaking study explores the possibility of a mythological—or. . . (more)
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In antiquity, “son of god”—meaning a ruler designated by the gods to carry out their will—was a title used by the Roman emperor Augustus and his successors as a way to reinforce their divinely appointed status. But this title was also used by early Christians to speak about Jesus, borrowing the idiom from Israelite and early Jewish discourses on monarchy. This interdisciplinary volume explores what it means to be. . . (more)
“Readers will find useful tools throughout Miller’s work, whether it is the careful development of the background of the dragon-slaying myth in ancient cultures or the myriad observations about biblical texts when examined through this lens. This is a subject that has needed sustained attention. Even where readers may not be convinced by Miller’s arguments, they will find ample material to develop and strengthen their own.”—Mark McEntire, Belmont University in Review of Biblical Literature, March 2019
“This important book will shape discussion of the development of the canon in general and of the Writings in particular for years to come. It is a collection of essays covering different books that make up the Writings, including a joint essay by the editors plus one essay each within the body of the book. It has an impressive range of contributions and contributors and some fascinating responses from leading scholars in the field. The book shows what a complex issue canon and canonization, as both collection and process, has become.”—Katharine Dell, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge in Review of Biblical Literature, March 2019
“We must congratulate the author of this excellent and extremely practical work which will open new avenues of research on the fascinating world of craftsmen of the neo-Assyrian era, and more generally on the society of the time.”—L. Marti, Paris, Bibliotheca Orientalis 75 (2018): 352–54
“This research is a good example that it is possible to get a quite detailed understanding of the history of the site of Socoh using only non-destructive techniques.”—Eva Kaptun, Royal Belgian Institute in Bibliotheca Orientalis 75 (2018): 408–11
In this volume, Michael Flexsenhar III advances the argument that imperial slaves and freedpersons in the Roman Empire were essential to early Christians’ self-conception as a distinct people in the Mediterranean and played a multifaceted role in the. . . (more)
This first installment in the three-volume Jewish Literary Cultures is a collection of essays and studies of diverse texts and topics in ancient Jewish literature, ranging from fables in the Bible and ancient Jewish interpretations of the Song of Songs to the use of erotic narrative in rabbinic literature, the canonization of. . . (more)
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