Welcome to the March issue of Ancient News.
The latest 10-day sale features titles in the Siphrut: Literature and Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures series at 30–50% off. I’ve listed some of the titles below, but take time to visit the sale page to see them all. I can’t resist the opportunity to plug this series; it has some great titles, beginning with the very first one, A Severe Mercy (a great deal: 600+ pages for under $50.00!). The sale ends March 15th, so hurry.
So far this month, we’ve published three titles, with more on the way. I’ve listed them, plus one that is currently in-press below. We also made available again for the first time in a few years Tremper Longman’s Fictional Akkadian Autobiography. Use coupon code NR18 to receive 30% off. You won’t want to miss any forthcoming titles; update your subscription preferences to the series and areas that interest you.
In just a little over a week, the 230th meeting of the American Oriental Society will take place in Boston. Both Jen and I will be there with the latest Eisenbrauns titles. Be sure to stop by, introduce yourself to Jen, and buy a few books from me.
There were several good reviews of Eisenbrauns books this month. I’ve included an excerpt of two of them below. Use coupon code NR18 for 30% 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 that you might find interesting, especially if you have an interest in church history. Use coupon code NR18 to receive 30% off.
Josef Sykora examines two narratives with seemingly opposite trajectories: the Joseph cycle in Genesis 37–50 and the Saul episode in 1 Samuel 13–15. Both contain passages that feel intrusive—Genesis 38 and 49 and 1 Samuel 13:7b–15a—and that coincide with Judah’s and Saul’s rise or fall in God’s favor. Taking seriously the redaction-critical proposals suggesting that these puzzling. . . (more)
The last five chapters of the book of Judges (chs. 17–21) contain some shocking and bizarre stories, and precisely how these stories relate to the rest of the book is a major question in scholarship on the book. Leveraging work from literary studies and hermeneutics, Beldman reexamines Judges 17-21 with the aim of discerning the “strategies of ending” that are at work in these. . . (more)
No nation has been subjected to a wider range of biblical attitudes and emotions than Edom. In some sources, Edom is perceived as Israel’s brother; in many others, the animosity toward Edom is tremendous. The book of Genesis introduces Isaac, his wife Rebecca, and their twin sons, Esau and Jacob. Rivalry between the brothers emerges even before their birth and escalates over the course of their lives. The question of. . . (more)
Terence E. Fretheim has long been a leading voice in Old Testament theology. In this volume, thirty of his classic studies have been gathered together for the first time under the rubrics “God and the World”, “God and Suffering”, “God, Wrath, and Divine Violence”, “God and the Pentateuch”, “God and the Prophets”, and “God and the Church’s Book”. Here readers can find a compelling answer to the question that has motivated. . . (more)
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Sooner or later, whether in a religion class or a seminary course, students bump up against the fact that God—the biblical God—was one among other, comparable gods. The ancient world was full of gods, including great gods of conquering empires, dynastic gods of petty kingdoms, goddesses of fertility, and personal spirit guardians. And in various ways, these gods look like the biblical God. Like the God of the Bible, they, too, controlled the fates of nations, chose kings, bestowed fecundity and blessing, and cared for their individual. . . (more)
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Since the early 1990s, about two thousand Idumean Aramaic ostraca have found their way onto the antiquities market and are now scattered across a number of museums, libraries, and private collections. This multivolume textbook classifies these ostraca according to subject matter and brings them together into a single publication. With this fourth installment, Bezalel Porten and Ada Yardeni continue their comprehensive edition of Aramaic ostraca from Idumea. . . (more)
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Modeled after previous seasonal reports, this ninth volume of the Madaba Plains Project’s excavations at Tall al-ʿUmayri, Jordan gives a detailed accounting of the artifactual finds from the 2004 season of the excavations, accompanied by hundreds of photos and supplemented with related research. The active fields in 2004 included Field A, the western citadel with Early Iron Age domestic structures; Field B, the. . . (more)
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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. . . (more)
“Over the course of five carefully argued chapters, Imes lays out an eminently plausible and, ultimately, quite sensible reading of the NC [Name Command]. . . . this book is a testimony to the continued value of traditional close-reading strategies and to their renewal through appeal to more recent, cognitively-informed approaches to literary figures.”—Jeremy M. Hutton, University of Wisconsin–Madison in Journal of Semitic Studies (2020)
“This study contains well-written and scholarly honest exegetical discussions that might be of help for any scholar interested in these metaphors in the book of Isaiah. The use of recent publications in the detailed textual investigations is impressive. Several times this study opens up new vistas. A good example is the discussion of Isa 62,4–5 with the complicated mixed metaphors of Zion as wife of YHWH as well as of her sons in light of the conceptual blending theory (129–131). This book is a must for all those working on biblical metaphors or on the exegesis of the book of Isaiah.”—Marjo C. A. Korpel, Protestant Theological University, in Biblica 100 (2019): 618–20
In 1786, Guatemalan priest Pedro José de Arrese published a work instructing readers on their duty to perform the cesarean operation on the bodies of recently deceased pregnant women in order to extract the fetus while it was still alive. Although the fetus’s long-term survival was desired, the overarching goal. . . (more)
Facing persecution in early modern England, some Catholics chose exile over conformity. Some even cast their lot with foreign monarchs rather than wait for their own rulers to have a change of heart. This book studies the relationship forged by English exiles and Philip II of Spain. It shows how these expatriates, known as the. . . (more)
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