Welcome to the October issue of Ancient News. This is my favorite time of the year, with the crisp cool (cold) mornings and the warm afternoons, kicking the crunchy leaves, taking long bike rides and staring at the colorful bluffs, and then settling in with a good book in the evening. And of course, we have plenty of good books! I recently started reading Miller’s Baal, St. George, and Khidr, a fun little read; you can get 30% off that and other new releases listed below using coupon code NR18. I mentioned last month that I had recently read An Introduction to Akkadian Literature; I strongly encourage you to consider it as a textbook, paired with Before the Muses for the texts. If you use the coupon code NR18, you can get them both for less than ANET or one volume of COS!
In related news, Jim retired on October 10th after more than 44 years in the book business. You can read more on our Facebook or Twitter pages. The new acquisitions editor, Dr. Jennifer Singletary, will begin November 1. She brings a wealth of experience with her and we look forward to her stewardship of the imprint’s publications.
The latest 10-day sale features selected titles in the Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale series at 30% off. The sale ends November 3rd, so hurry. I’ve listed some of the titles below, but take time to visit the sale page to see them all.
The time is getting tight on what will make the Annual Meetings from our new releases. I've listed some of them below, but to avoid missing any of them, you should subscribe to our new release emails. Update your email preferences here.
I only ran across one review of an Eisenbrauns book this month—of the excellent Jewish Bible Theology, edited by Isaac Kalimi; I’ve included an excerpt of the review below. Use coupon code NR18 for 30% off (and let me know if you agree that it’s a great book!). 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 is a pair of forthcoming PSU Press books that you might find interesting. Use coupon code NR18 to receive 30% off. You might also find the current two-week sale of interest: Magic in History, including the title Prayer, Magic, and the Stars in the Ancient and Late Antique World at 40% off. The sale ends October 31st.
Although we often treat the senses as though they are immutable, fundamental properties of our physiology, the way we parse our sensory experiences is dictated by our cultural context. Accordingly, the essays in Distant Impressions explore the social aspects of sensation in the ancient Near East, inviting the reader to. . . (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. . . (more)
In the 5 days from July 16 through July 20, 2012, more than three hundred Assyriologists from all over the world gathered in Leiden, the Netherlands, to read more than 130 papers and to contribute to a variety of workshops. Many of the papers were read in the context of several thematic workshops, some of which were related to the main theme of the conference. This volume publishes 21 of the revised essays on the main topic of the Rencontre—Private and State in the Ancient Near East. As is. . . (more)
In the week between July 21 and 25, 2014, the University of Warsaw hosted more than three hundred Assyriologists from all over the world. In the course of five days, nearly 150 papers were read in three (and sometimes four) parallel sessions. Many of them were delivered within the framework of nine thematic workshops. The publication of most of these panels is underway, in separate volumes. The academic sessions were accompanied by many opportunities for. . . (more)
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In Western tradition, St. George is known as the dragon slayer. In the Middle East, he is called Khidr (“Green One”), and in addition to being a dragon slayer, he is also somehow the prophet Elijah. In this book, Robert D. Miller II untangles these complicated connections and reveals how, especially in his Middle Eastern guise, St. George is a reincarnation of the Canaanite storm god Baal, another “Green One” who in Ugaritic texts slays dragons. Combining art history, theology, and archeology, this multidisciplinary study demystifies the identity of . . . (more)
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This book initiates the reader into the study of Akkadian literature from ancient Babylonia and Assyria. With this one relatively short volume, the novice reader will develop the literary competence necessary to read and interpret Akkadian texts in translation and will gain a broad familiarity with the major genres and compositions in the language.
The first part of the book presents introductory discussions of major critical issues, organized under four key rubrics: tablets, scribes, compositions, and. . . (more)
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This book presents a reassessment of the governmental systems of the Late Babylonian period—specifically those of the Neo-Babylonian and early Persian Empires—and provides evidence demonstrating that these are among the first to have developed an early form of administrative law.
The present study revolves around a particular expression that, in its most common form, reads ḫīṭu ša šarri išaddad and can be translated as “he will be guilty (of an offense) against the king.” The authors analyze. . . (more)
While each of the previously known archives from the Third Dynasty of Ur has provided distinct views of Sumerian society, those from Iri-Saĝrig present an extraordinary range of new sources, depicting a cosmopolitan Sumerian/Akkadian city unlike any other from this period. In this publication, Marcel Sigrist and Tohru Ozaki present more than two thousand newly identified tablets, mostly from Iri-Saĝrig. This unique and extensive corpus elucidates the importance that Iri-Saĝrig represented politically, militarily, and culturally in Sumer.
Although these tablets were not able to be cleaned, baked, or. . . (more)
W. G. Lambert’s line drawings of cuneiform tablets from the British Museum, together with his meticulous editions of their contents, form a contribution to Assyriology unrivaled in his generation. Upon his death in 2011, Lambert bequeathed his academic legacy to A. R. George, who discovered among its contents approximately 1,400 unpublished pencil drawings. He and Junko Taniguchi took over the task of converting the drawings into images suitable for publication.
The first of two planned volumes, this book features drawings of 329 cuneiform tablets found in Lambert’s academic papers. Written by Babylonian and Assyrian scribes between. . . (more)
The book of Judges is full of characters of ambivalent moral integrity and acts of dubious propriety, such as Jael’s murder of Sisera and the sacrifice of Jephthah’s daughter. And yet the terse narrative and the reticent narrator frequently leave the ethical character of these actions in doubt. In order to avoid reading contemporary worldviews and ethics into this ancient text, Mary L. Conway applies a blend of narrative and functional linguistic theories to her analysis of the stories of the six major judges in an effort to more accurately identify the unifying ideological stance of the book.
Using an interdisciplinary approach that employs the concepts of narrative perspective alongside appraisal theory, Conway evaluates. . . (more)
“Marvin Sweeney writes in his essay, ‘We must recognize that, although Judaism and Christianity develop out of the same roots in the Bible, they are not the same.’ This anthology highlights this ‘wisdom,’ by compiling theological insights from a Jewish perspective, which are necessary and helpful to Christian theologians of the Old Testament.”—Stefan Beyerle, Greifswald, in Biblische Notizen 182 (2019) 123–24
In this second of three planned volumes of Jewish Literary Cultures, David Stern explores diverse texts and topics in medieval and early modern Jewish literature and book history.
Stern uses contemporary critical approaches to assess larger themes and currents in medieval and early modern Jewish civilization—opening new windows into cultural exchange, the impact of materiality upon reading practice and literary reception, and the nature of the. . . (more)
Operating on the premise that our failure to recognize our interconnected relationship to the rest of the cosmos is the origin of planetary peril, this volume presents academic, activist, and artistic perspectives on how to inspire reflection and motivate action in order to construct alternative frameworks and establish novel solidarities for the sake of our planetary home.
The selections in this volume explore. . . (more)
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