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Welcome to the March issue of Ancient News!

We’re celebrating Women’s History Month by highlighting scholarship about women in the ancient Near East and the contributions of women writing about ancient history in our Women’s Ancient History Sale! Save up to 50% on select titles with discount code WAHM. Stay up to date on all our special offers on our Sales & Specials page, or by subscribing to BookNews.

Looking forward to AOS’s annual meeting? So are we! Find us at the exhibit hall, and keep an eye out for email and social updates about our virtual exhibit to snag the best deals.

We have a new book from the Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project and several exciting books in press! Sign up via the links below to be notified when Jealousy in Context and Aspect, Communicative Appeal, and Temporal Meaning in Biblical Hebrew Verbal Forms are published later this month.

Finally, we’d like to share with you a note from our outgoing editor, Jennifer Singletary:

“Having recently moved to a new position in research and teaching, I would like to send my best wishes and gratitude to all the authors and series editors with whom I have had the privilege of working while at Eisenbrauns. Thank you for the opportunity to assist you in the publication of your exciting and significant research. And to all the readers of the books published during my time at the press—many thanks for your interest in the new work Eisenbrauns continues to bring out! I hope to see many of you at conferences in the near future, and I look forward to watching the Eisenbrauns imprint continue to grow.”

We hope you’ll join us in wishing Jennifer the best in her new role in the Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies department at Penn State. We are currently seeking candidates for the Acquisitions Editor position! Learn more and apply here.


The Eisenbrauns Staff

women’s ancient history sale

Save up to 50% on select titles using discount code WAHM.

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Harlot or Holy Woman?

$199.95 $99.98

“Phyllis Bird deserves praise for amassing all this material into one volume and for her careful and insightful analysis of both biblical and extrabiblical texts.”—Elaine Adler Goodfriend, Review of Biblical Literature

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Celebrate Her for the Fruit of Her Hands

Essays in Honor of Carol L. Meyers

$59.50 $29.75

In this volume, some of Meyers’s foremost scholarly peers honor her by offering essays that build on her work and depend on her expertise.

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Women and Power in Neo-Assyrian Palaces

$79.50 $47.50

“This book makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of the role of women in the Neo-Assyrian palaces as well as the ways in which this role may be uncovered. The appendices provide a useful sourcebook for scholars interested in exploring the women of Neo-Assyria as they pertain to a royal courtly setting.”—Laura Quick, Review of Biblical Literature

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Beyond Hearth and Home

Women in the Public Sphere in Neo-Assyrian Society

$59.95 $29.98

This study reveals that women in Assyria were definitely in the public arena and their lives were not as circumscribed or limited as has been previously supposed.

new books

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Jealousy in Context

The Social Implications of Emotions in the Hebrew Bible

Erin Villareal

In press!
Attested as both a human and a divine expression, the biblical Hebrew term qinʾâ is most often translated as “jealousy” or “envy.” In this study, Erin Villareal makes the case for reading qinʾâ as more than a simple reference to an emotion, instead locating the term’s origins in ancient Israel’s social and legal spheres.

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Aspect, Communicative Appeal, and Temporal Meaning in Biblical Hebrew Verbal Forms

Ulf Bergström

In press!
“An ambitious, sophisticated, and technical treatment of a set of recalcitrant problems. The Biblical Hebrew verbal system and how it relates to tense, aspect, and mood has been the object of many studies over hundreds of years, and we are still just in the process of understanding it. This study offers an interesting, overarching solution.”—Martin Gustaf Ehrensvärd, University of Copenhagen

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Etymological Dictionary of the Sumerian Language, Part 3

Linguistic Analysis, Addenda and Corrigenda

Simo Parpola

Part 1 of this dictionary presented Uralic etymologies for 3030 Sumerian words and morphemes corresponding to about two-thirds of the basic vocabulary of Sumerian included in the electronic version of the Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary (ePSD). The present volume provides a thorough linguistic analysis of the Sumerian and Uralic data found in Part 1, with particular attention to lexical isoglosses, distinctive features, sound correspondences and word derivation.

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Excavations in the City of David, Jerusalem (1995–2010)

Ronny Reich and Eli Shukron

“There is no way to decipher the history of Ancient Israel without the archaeology of Jerusalem, with no access to the Temple Mount, there is no way to understand the archaeology and history of Jerusalem without the City of David ridge, and there is no way to study the City of David without the results of the Reich/Shukron excavations. This volume is therefore a landmark in the archaeology of Jerusalem and the Land of Israel.”—Israel Finkelstein, Professor Emeritus of Archaeology at Tel Aviv University


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