Welcome to the October issue of Ancient News!
The leaves are beginning to turn in Pennsylvania, and we’re looking forward to the annual meetings of ASOR and SBL next month. While we won’t be there in person, we will have some great discounts on good books to share with you.
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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in 2011, Lambert bequeathed his academic legacy to A. R. George, who discovered among its contents approximately 1,400 unpublished pencil drawings.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.
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.
This work presents for the first time in its entirety the long Sumerian poem describing the destruction and suffering in Babylonia during the final days of the Third Dynasty of Ur. The text is both an important work of native historiography and a moving literary composition. The author’s introduction places the work within the Sumerian literary tradition, and evaluates it as a historical source. Indexes and copies of unpublished texts are included.
It is too often forgotten that every Assyrian “historical” inscription functioned in a very specific context. This context influenced its content and the way in which it was perceived by ancient viewers and readers. John Malcolm Russell’s goal is to address the reconstruction of the context of these inscriptions in order to elucidate their original impact.
This volume addresses the nexus of religion and geography in the ancient Near East through case studies of various time periods and regions. Using Sumerian, Akkadian, and Aramaic text corpora, iconography, and archaeological evidence, the contributors illuminate the diverse phenomena that occur when religion is viewed through the lenses of space and place.
“Sy Gitin reinvented American archaeology in the Middle East. A uniquely talented raconteur, scholar, and Mensch, he transformed the sleepy American archaeological school in Jerusalem into an engine propelling meaningful collaboration across daunting divides. Here’s the account—filled with remarkable scientific, political, diplomatic, and above all human surprises, and not a few great stories—of a pioneer in scholarship without borders. The result is a manual for thinking about any historical field from the actual ground up.”—Baruch Halpern, author of The First Historians: The Hebrew Bible and History
“The contributions to Text and Ritual in the Pentateuch contrast the relationship between text and ritual in ancient Israel with that of other ancient Mediterranean and Western Asian societies and thus gain new insights for the challenge of reconstructing the performance of ancient rituals from written sources.”—Thomas Hieke, author of Die Genealogien der Genesis
Call for Papers!
Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters is putting out a call for papers for upcoming issues! The journal presents cutting-edge research specifically to the study of the Apostle Paul and cognate areas. The Apostle Paul stands as an incredibly important figure within the religious and intellectual history of Christianity and Judaism in the first century. Consider submitting an article today!
“An Artful Relic is engaging and original. Casper’s careful reading of visual and textual sources, as well as his integration of secondary sources on related topics, develops an important new way of considering the Shroud of Turin and its interpretation and devotional context in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries”—Kirstin Noreen, Loyola Marymount University
“The Persian Revival is an original study that builds a strong case for the transmission and deployment of knowledge across regions and cultural realms. It does so for a hitherto uncharted period and region—one that has not received adequate scholarly attention—and makes a significant contribution to the growing literature on global art and architectural histories of the long nineteenth century.”—Madhuri Desai, author of Banaras Reconstructed: Architecture and Sacred Space in a Hindu Holy City
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