Welcome to the May issue of Ancient News. We have an assortment of good stuff for you, starting out with our 10-day sale, featuring 20–40% off selected CDL titles. The sale ends May 20th, though, so hurry! I’ve listed some of the titles below.
We have quite a number of books in press, and more in the pipeline. I've listed a few of them below, but watch your inbox for new release emails. Update your email preferences so you don't miss out on any of them!
I’ll be in Vancouver for the atla conference in June. If you are attending, be sure to stop by and chat. Of course, you will want to take a look at our latest offerings, too!
We received a few reviews of Eisenbrauns books this month, and one for a PSU Press book that you might enjoy; I’ve included excerpts from four of them below. 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 are two PSU Press books that you might find interesting—you can even get a tote bag with one of them! The other one is a bit off the beaten path, but I suspect you might enjoy it. Let me know if I’m right. Use coupon code NR18 to receive 30% off.
Presentation of the main finds of archives and libraries in the Ancient Near East from 1500 to 300 B.C., examining the contents of each find, including archaeological diagrams of many of the sites.. . . (more)
Discussion of the nature of Sumerian wisdom literature and complete editions of many Sumerian wisdom texts, including the Instructions of Shuruppak, Instructions of Ur-Ninurta, Counsels of Wisdom, Sumerian fables, Nothing Is of Value, Ballad of Early Rulers, and more. This unusual book describes the Sumerian literature and many of their. . . (more)
Analysis of the history of the research on the nature of the Semitic Root. Presentation and evaluation of the various historical theories as to the nature the Semitic root, including G. del Olmo Lete's conclusions. . . (more)
Transliteration, translation, commentary, and photos of 8 new Sumerian literary compositions dating to the beginning of the third millennium BCE in the Sumerian language, and a complete Old Babylonian recension of. . . (more)
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Ancient Palestine served as a land bridge between the continents of Asia, Africa, and Europe, and as a result, the ancient Israelites frequently interacted with speakers of non-Semitic languages, including Egyptian, Greek, Hittite and Luwian, Hurrian, Old Indic, and Old Iranian. This linguistic contact led the ancient Israelites to adopt non-Semitic words, many of which appear in the Hebrew Bible. Benjamin J. Noonan explores this. . . (more)
While topics such as death, funerary cult, and the netherworld have received considerable scholarly attention in the context of the Ugaritic textual corpus, the related concept of life has been relatively neglected. Life and Mortality in Ugaritic takes as its premise that one cannot grasp the significance of mwt (“to die”) without first having wrestled with the concept of ḥyy (“to live”)
In this book, Matthew McAffee takes a. . . (more)
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The recognition formula, “you/they shall know that I am Yahweh,” is repeated more than seventy times in the book of Ezekiel. And yet, surprisingly, this refrain has not been analyzed in detail in recent research. In this study, John F. Evans attempts to uncover the literary and theological intent of the recognition formula in Ezekiel by comparing it with other instances of the phrase found elsewhere in the Bible. . . (more)
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Since the 1980s, projects such as the State Archives of Assyria have made great strides in the philological study of Neo-Assyrian inscriptional sources, producing text editions and hand-copies of administrative and legal texts, letters, religious and literary works, and royal and private commemorative inscriptions with a high standard of accuracy. And yet, nearly thirty years later, we are only beginning to scratch the surface of what these texts have to offer. This volume. . . (more)
“Much can be learned from the essays in Covenant in the Persian Period.. . . I would say that, behind the diversity of ideas related to covenant themes, there still is a striking unity: it is the sure conviction that YHWH never ultimately disrupts his relationship with Israel.”—Pieter de Vries, Free University of Amsterdam in Review of Biblical Literature, March 2019
“[I]t is his sympathetic grasp of how the images function, grounded in an extensive knowledge of the manuscripts and the subtle nuances of medieval exegetical traditions, which makes this book so compelling. Readers will find in Emmerson a trustworthy and illuminating guide, like the interpreting angel of John’s Apocalypse or the ever-present figure of John himself.”—Ian Boxall, The Catholic University of America in Review of Biblical Literature, March 2019
“Miller has provided a great service to biblical scholars. He has assembled a great deal of evidence from within and without the Bible and clearly has a strong command of the literature. Rather than a simplistic search for parallels, he identifies the component aspects of the mythic material, then locates these mythemes in a wide variety of texts. Through this, he is able to argue for the presence of the dragon-slaying myth without suggesting wholesale borrowing or complete dependence. While scholars who see little to no Chaoskampf material in the biblical text are unlikely to be convinced by all of his examples, the volume of evidence and the care that Miller takes to employ his arguments will help to continue what has been a healthy, lively debate for over a century.”—Brandon R. Grafius, Ecumenical Theological Seminary, Detroit in Review of Biblical Literature, April 2019
“The main title of this book, History and Hope, well applicable to a study of the book of Isaiah, does not betray its specific judiciousness before the end. The subtitle, Agrarian Wisdom, elicits curiosity but also suspicion: Does it present another approach to the biblical text that easily bypasses existing ways of interpretation? Fortunately, it does not. At its conclusion, one discovers that it is based on profound knowledge not only of the book of Isaiah but also of its contemporary, both diachronic and synchronic, research. Interacting with this scholarship, Daniel Stulac guides readers on a surprisingly innovative path of explanation. The introduction to the monograph situates his work in the research field. The successive chapters clarify his procedure and the results. . . This lucidly composed and written work is to be assessed as an important acquisition in the laboratory of contemporary research on the book of Isaiah. It is strongly innovative with regard to both the hermeneutics of biblical prophecy and the detailed exegesis of Isa 28–35 within the context of the whole book.”—Willem A. M. Beuken, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Review of Biblical Literature, May 2019
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A manual for constructing talismans, mixing magical compounds, summoning planetary spirits, and determining astrological conditions, Picatrix is a cornerstone of Western esotericism. It offers important. . . (more)
What is it about puzzles that drives us to figure them out? In this unique and innovative book, Bret L. Rothstein explores how mechanical problems delight and frustrate us, distracting our attention from recognizably “useful“ activities and directing it toward something that may. . . (more)
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