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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Within the world of the Bible, prophets and prophetesses were sometimes ardent proponents of royal and priestly rhetoric and deeds, but they could also be vocal critics, speaking truth to power. Enemies and Friends of the State plumbs the depths of the prophetic voices of the Hebrew Bible, the Old Testament Apocrypha, and the Greek New Testament, with more than twenty-five of the most. . . (more)
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In this volume, Tova Forti shows how investigation of the poetics of the animal kingdom can elucidate the effect metaphors exert on psalmodic theology. The focus herein on the faunal imagery in Psalms—the literary perception of the animals adduced and the structural and stylistic rhetorical features of the imagery—serves as a lens through which the reader can perceive. . . (more)
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The dragon-slaying myth has a hoary ancestry, extending back long before its appearance in the Hebrew Bible, and a vast range, spanning as far as India and perhaps even Japan. This book is a chronicle of its trajectories and permutations. The target of this study is the. . . (more)
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The present volume presents a critical edition of all currently known letters authored by Assurbanipal as king of Assyria as well as 61 letters sent to him or his agents during his reign. Most of these texts pertain to the Šamaš-šumu-ukin revolt and the conflict with Elam, and provide a fascinating “ringside” view to these catastrophic events, which are otherwise known only from. . . (more)
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Robert Wall began his teaching career at Seattle Pacific University in 1978. Now, forty years later and in celebration of his seventieth birthday, colleagues and former students have gathered to produce this volume in honor of their friend and teacher. The results are sure to delight all of those who have studied under or been friends of Professor Wall. . . . (more)
With its unique geographic diversity and abundant archaeological and textual data, the southern Levant is an excellent "laboratory" for studying how Assyrian domination operated. This collection of essays explains how Neo-Assyrian rule influenced the demographics, economy, and culture of the region.
This book responds to the need for a systematic study of Assyrian rule in the west that integrates archaeological and textual. . . (more)
The contributors to this collection include both established and up-and-coming scholars whose work brings gender studies theories—from Butler’s theory of gender as a performance to more recent theories that consider gender as a spectrum—to bear on varied materials and contexts. Their essays increase the visibility of women in ancient history, untangle constructions of masculinity and femininity in diverse contexts, and grapple with. . . (more)
The last few decades have seen a gradual shift in Isaianic studies as scholars have begun to give greater attention to the book’s literary features rather than focusing predominantly on the question of its sources. Brittany Kim’s study takes a literary approach, exploring how the book portrays Israel and its capital city using five metaphors that arise from the realm of household. . . (more)
“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
“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
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)
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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