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Welcome to the May issue of Ancient News!

We’re spring cleaning our warehouse this month! Now until 5/29, save up to 75% on a large selection of titles with discount code SPRING. Browse the sale here, and stay up to date on all our special offers on our Sales & Specials page, or by subscribing to BookNews.

Eisenbrauns is thrilled to welcome two new Eisenbrauns Editors-at-Large, Jennie Ebeling and Nigel Fletcher-Jones!

Jennie Ebeling is Associate Professor of Archaeology at the University of Evansville in Indiana and an archaeologist specializing in Bronze and Iron Age southwest Asia. She co-directed the 2012–2018 Jezreel Expedition in Israel, served as the 2015–2016 Annual Professor of the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Association, and the Lady Davis Trust. A former Trustee and Vice President (Membership) of ASOR, Ebeling currently serves on ASOR’s Committee on Publications. She has also co-edited four volumes and is the author of Women's Lives in Biblical Times (T&T Clark, 2010). You can reach her at

Nigel Fletcher-Jones is a former director of the American University in Cairo Press. Previously, he held executive positions in Blackwell Publishing Inc., Nature Publishing Group, Elsevier, and Cell Press. Nigel writes magazine articles and books for the general reader on aspects of Egyptian history and archaeology. His recent books include Abu Simbel and the Nubian Temples (2019) and Ancient Egyptian Jewelry (2020). He holds a PhD in archaeological anthropology from the University of Durham. You can reach him at


The Eisenbrauns Staff

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Save up to 75% on select titles using discount code SPRING through 5/29.

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A Compendious Syriac Dictionary

Founded upon the Thesaurus Syriacus of R. Payne Smith

$89.50 $44.75

This standard lexicon of Syriac has long been the choice of students of Syriac, both for its comprehensiveness and also because of its handy size. Here the meanings of the Syriac words are given in English, and the order of the Syriac is alphabetical, to avoid requiring the student to know the root of the word being looked up. An essential tool for anyone studying or researching Syriac texts or literature and for students of the Semitic languages.

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From the Banks of the Euphrates

Studies in Honor of Alice Louise Slotsky

$59.50 $14.88

Although Near Eastern languages and the history of the exact sciences are known for being obscure and deliberately arcane to general audiences, Alice Slotsky has paradoxically established her legacy by exposing these topics to a wider audience. As a visiting professor at Brown University, Slotsky has taught more students than any previous Assyriologist and successfully brought this discipline to a wider audience than previously imagined possible. This volume, with articles written by former students, as well as colleagues, pays tribute to her broad interests.

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The Old Testament in the Life of God's People

Essays in Honor of Elmer A. Martens

$55.00 $22.00

This book celebrates the contributions to Old Testament theology of Elmer A. Martens. It includes 3 essays written by Martens himself, as well as 15 others written by his former students, colleagues, friends, and even one of his professors! The essays are clustered around three topics—Christians’ use of the Old Testament, aligning God’s people with God’s call for justice, and addressing the issue of land in the life of God’s people—each of which reflects an area of special interest to Martens.

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Tel Malhata

A Central City in the Biblical Negev

$179.50 $107.70

“The volume covers the site’s history, archaeology, architecture, finds, and inscriptions. Also included are analyses of its ancient faunal and floral assemblages that inform our understanding of the site’s historical environment and how past populations interacted with the natural world. The work is conveniently supplemented with maps, plans, photos, drawings, and charts.”—Biblical Archaeology Review

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Classical Samaritan Poetry

Laura Suzanne Lieber

This book introduces the evocative but largely unknown tradition of Samaritan religious poetry from late antiquity to a new audience. Prepared by Laura Suzanne Lieber, this anthology presents annotated English translations of fifty-five Classical Samaritan poems. These verses provide a unique window into the Samaritan religious world during a formative period.

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The 2006 Season at Tall al-‘Umayri and Subsequent Studies

Edited by Larry G. Herr, Douglas R. Clark, Lawrence T. Geraty, and Monique D. Vincent

The tenth in a series of technical seasonal reports on the excavations of Tall al-‘Umayri, Jordan, part of the Madaba Plains Project, this volume covers artifactual finds and related research from excavation fields active during the 2006 season.

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The Imperial Mission

Mario Liverani

New in paperback!

This book outlines the basic features of Assyrian imperialism within the framework of the general development of the imperial idea, all the while insisting on noting comparative material. The intent is to better understand Assyria through comparison with later empires and to underscore the relevance of the “Assyrian model” and its influence on later history.

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Elephantine Revisited

New Insights into the Judean Community and Its Neighbors

Edited by Margaretha Folmer

The Judean community at Elephantine has long fascinated historians of the Persian period. This book, with its stellar assemblage of important scholarly voices, provides substantive new insights and approaches that will advance the study of this well-known but not entirely understood community from fifth-century BCE Egypt.


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