Welcome to the March issue of Ancient News!
Don’t miss the latest Two-Week Sale! Through March 14th, use sale code 2021EE for 40% off books in the Biblical and Judaic Studies Series from the University of California, San Diego. Stay up to date on all our special offers on our Sales & Specials page. You can also get up-to-date information about sales and new releases by subscribing to BookNews.
It’s not too late to register for our virtual author event, New Books in Assyriology, on Friday, March 5th at 1pm EST! Elena Devecchi, Grant Frame, Gina Konstantopoulos, Shana Zaia, Frauke Weiershäuser, and Jamie Novotny will discuss their books and answer your questions. So mark your calendars and click here to register.
In conference news, AOS’s annual meeting rapidly approaches. We will, of course, miss seeing you in person. But be on the lookout for an email announcing our virtual book exhibit with a special discount.
Below are some recently published books, including the highly-anticipated A Handbook of Gods and Goddesses of the Ancient Near East. If you haven’t purchased your copy yet, be sure to save 30% with discount code NR21. Sign up via the links below to be notified when forthcoming titles Classical Ethiopic and A Voice Without End are published later this spring. As always, if you have an idea for a book, send an email to Jen Singletary, our acquisitions editor.
In this volume, Nathaniel Levtow articulately interacts with Mesopotamian and Israelite iconoclastic traditions, locating Israelite polemics against cult images among a spectrum of ancient West Asian literary genres and ritual practices that target the embodied deities of political opponents.
Lisbeth S. Fried’s insightful study investigates the impact of Achaemenid rule on the political power of local priesthoods during the 6th–4th centuries B.C.E.
In this volume, David Noel Freedman’s compatriots at the University of California, San Diego, contribute eight varied essays in celebration of his impact on them and in honor of his varied contributions to biblical studies.
In this comprehensive study of a common deity found in the ancient Near East as well as many other cultures, Green brings together evidence from the worlds of myth, iconography, and literature in an attempt to arrive at a new synthesis regarding the place of the Storm-god.
Written by a diverse array of international scholars, the contributions to this book explore laws and legal practices in the Ur III, Old Babylonian, Middle Assyrian, and Neo-Assyrian periods in Mesopotamia, as well as in Nuzi and the Hebrew Bible.
“A must for every scholar of the ancient religions of western Asia.”—Gary Beckman, author of The babilili-Ritual from Hattusa
Eisenbrauns makes Tropper’s grammar available for the first time in English, in this revised and expanded edition by Josef Tropper and Rebecca Hasselbach-Andee.
“A Voice Without End brings to bear on the selected psalms models of interpretation that open up a much wider conversation—not only with the Psalter as a whole but with the wider contours of scripture in its final form. It will benefit biblical scholars with theological interests as well as theologians.”—Trevor Hart, author of Between the Image and the Word: Theological Engagements with Imagination, Language and Literature
Craig D. Saunders, writing in Religious Studies Review, calls Dillon T. Thornton’s Hostility in the House of God: An Investigation of the Opponents in 1 and 2 Timothy “highly recommended.”
Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters has started its second decade of presenting cutting-edge research for scholars, teachers, postgraduate students, and advanced undergraduates related specifically to the Apostle Paul and similar areas.
Consider submitting an article to the Bulletin for Biblical Research. The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, New Testament, and sometimes cognate literature from a range of historical and literary approaches. This is the journal of the Institute for Biblical Research, an organization of Christian biblical scholars.
“Break[s] new ground in the study of Christian historiography beyond its Eurocentric underpinnings to encompass the diverse but hitherto overlooked Christian historiographies across the Majority World.”—Jonathan Y. Tan, author of Christian Mission Among the Peoples of Asia
“Banning Black Gods is an original and venturesome text, testing just how far the concept of religious freedom might be extended. In these troubling times, this book will become an indispensable guide to help us understand the socio-legal realities for adherents of African-derived religions and the grounds on which legal protections are either offered or denied. Written in an accessible style, this book analyzes the legal and social landscape in many countries.”—Kathleen M. Moore, author of The Unfamiliar Abode: Islamic Law in the United States and Britain
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