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Welcome to the May issue of Ancient News. As you wind down the school year, we have great new releases and forthcoming titles that you should add to your summer reading list. Sign up for email notices and receive a 30% discount coupon when the books are released.

As for Eisenbrauns summer plans, Jim will be making the conference circuit, from Indiana to Innsbruck to Helsinki. If your travel plans include any of the listed conferences, be sure to stop by our table and say hi. Of course, we’ll have 30–40% off on all the books.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention one review in particular: After reading the review of Svärd, Women and Power in Neo-Assyrian Palaces, you will want to read the whole book; it’s on my reading list! Rounding out this month’s Ancient News are two related PSU Press new releases that you might find interesting.

The PSU Press fall 2018 catalog arrived! Click here to see the pdf—and don't forget to check out the Eisenbrauns section.


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JUNE American Theological Library Association
Indianapolis IN
JULY International Society of Biblical Literature
Helsinki, Finland

awards & reviews

Completion of Judges

The Completion of Judges

Strategies of Ending in Judges 17-21

“This section [on endings] is very helpful in its careful detailing of literary aspects of the text. In particular, the expansion of the number of literary links between the beginning and ending sections of Judges (84–94) makes a good case for tying these two sections together in the compositional process. . . . the volume is a useful contribution to the literary examination of the book of Judges. It deserves attention, and its conclusions need to be discussed in future works on this material. Beldman is quite correct to say that biblical scholars need to expand their horizons to include literary theory as another interpretative tool.—Victor H. Matthews, Missouri State University in Review of Biblical Literature, April 2018

Women and Power in Neo-Assyrian Palaces

Women and Power in Neo-Assyrian Palaces

“Ultimately, Svärd summarizes her findings as follows: “it seems to me that exercise of power in the court had more to do with his/her title and position than gender. In other words, the ways in which power was exercised do not seem to differ much based on gender and evidence of specifically female forms of power is scarce” (173). This is an important conclusion, suggesting that future studies must incorporate detailed consideration of social class and situation alongside the study of gender and power. Moreover, Svärd stresses that both hierarchical and heterarchical power relationships must also be considered in this context, and one hopes that in the future biblical scholars may take up this paradigm when considering the role of women in the Bible. Thus. . .—Laura Quick, Princeton University, in Review of Biblical Literature, April 2018

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The Anglican Communion at a Crossroads

The Anglican Communion at a Crossroads

The Crises of a Global Church

Christopher Craig Brittain and Andrew McKinnon

Worldwide debates over issues of sexuality and gender have come to a head in recent years in mainline and evangelical churches, with the Anglican Communion—a worldwide network of churches that trace their practice to Canterbury and claim some 85 million members—among the most. . . (more)

Religion Around Billie Holiday

Religion Around Billie Holiday

Tracy Fessenden

Soulful jazz singer Billie Holiday is remembered today for her unique sound, troubled personal history, and a catalogue that includes such resonant songs as “Strange Fruit” and “God Bless the Child.” Holiday and her music were also strongly shaped by religion, often in surprising ways. Religion Around Billie Holiday examines the spiritual and religious forces that left. . . (more)


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