Welcome to the September issue of Ancient News. We’re beginning our 10-day sales again! A few of the titles are featured below, but be sure to click through to the whole sale to save 40% on some of our perennial best-sellers. Of course, you won’t want to miss our new and forthcoming titles, either. There’s sure to be something there to aid you in your research (or add to your wishlist!).
Have you read Bob Miller’ new book, The Dragon, the Mountain, and the Nations? (OK, I confess, I’m only partially through it right now.) There's a launch for his book on October 10, featuring a presentation by Tremper Longman and response by Bob, as well as a public lecture on the 15th. See Upcoming Events for details.
Rounding out this month’s Ancient News are two new PSU Press books that you might find interesting. The second one, Robert the Devil, is a quick little read that I found enjoyable. The subtitle calls it a romance, but I would label it a morality tale or even a fantasy.
A comprehensive collection of ancient Akkadian literature spanning three millennia. This larger, completely new, 3rd edition contains many compositions not in the previous editions; new translations of previously included compositions; incorporation of new text fragments identified or excavated since the last publication; all new footnotes; references and commentary brought up to date to reflect scholarly work of the last 10 years; and 100 more pages than the old two-volume edition. . . (more)
Meeting the need for a textbook for classroom use after first year Hebrew grammar, Waltke and O’Connor integrate the results of modern linguistic study of Hebrew and years of experience teaching the subject in this book. In addition to functioning as a teaching grammar, this work will also be widely used for reference and self-guided instruction in Hebrew beyond the first formal year. Extensive discussion and explanation of grammatical points help to sort out points blurred in introductory books. More than 3,500 Biblical Hebrew examples illustrate. . . (more)
The evidence that this book assembles is voluminous and diverse: the citations of ancient documents and of the archaeological evidence permit the reader to follow the author in his role as a historian who, across space and time, attempts to understand how such an Empire emerged, developed, and faded. Though firmly grounded in the evidence, the author’s discussions do not avoid persistent questions and regularly engages divergent interpretations and alternative hypotheses. This book is without precedent or equivalent, and also offers an exhaustive. . . (more)
The Royal Inscriptions of Sennacherib, King of Assyria (704–681 BC), Part 2 (Royal Inscriptions of the Neo-Assyrian Period 3/2) provides reliable, up-to-date editions of 195 texts of Sennacherib, as well as 26 other late Neo-Assyrian inscriptions that might belong to this king and 2 inscriptions of his family (including one of his wives, Tashmetu-sharrat). The volume contains historical inscriptions on bull and lion colossi from Nineveh, rock reliefs, stone horizontal prisms, and clay cylinders and prisms from other cities under Sennacherib’s authority (especially Ashur and Tarbisu); epigraphs on reliefs; and inscriptions on. . . (more)
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This grammar provides a comprehensive overview of Middle Egyptian and illustrates its grammatical features with extensive examples from various sources. Exercises at the end of each chapter, along with a sign list and a hieroglyphic word list, provide the reader with the means to apply and practice the content, enabling this book to be used as both a. . . (more)
Containing the final 488 commodity chits, this third volume of Textbook of Aramaic Ostraca from Idumea brings to a close the first comprehensive edition of the Idumean ostraca. Since the early 1990s, about two thousand Idumean Aramaic ostraca have found their way into museums, libraries, and private collections. Four major publications covering some of these texts have appeared, three of which. . . (more)
Following the work of scholars who have attempted to rehabilitate the notion of “chosenness” in the Hebrew Bible and others who have focused more narrowly on the fate of non-Israelites in the Old Testament, The Unfavored centers on the role of two “unfavored” characters within Israel—Judah and. . . (more)
This collection of essays, covering nearly every aspect of Biblical Hebrew studies, testifies to the invigorating joy of studying that language—a joy that is richly exemplified in the life of the volume’s honoree, George Klein.
Paying tribute to a. . . (more)
Throughout his long and influential career, George E. Mendenhall published groundbreaking, provocative studies on the history of the biblical tradition, law, and covenant and the Hebrew conquest of Palestine. This volume collects thirty-four of his hardest-to-find essays, many of which originally appeared. . . (more)
The face of Pentateuch scholarship has shifted dramatically in the last forty years, resulting in a host of new, renewed, and often competing methodologies. The present study sits at the intersection of these recent interpretive trends. G. Geoffrey Harper uses insights from the fields of intertextuality, rhetorical criticism, and speech act theory to create a. . . (more)
This seventh volume of final reports of the Lahav Research Project’s efforts at Tell Halif in Southern Israel focuses on the team’s excavations and related regional ethnographic research at adjacent Khirbet Khuweilifeh, an early twentieth-century settlement of Bedouin and Arab fellahin clients. These efforts illustrate the. . . (more)
Sepphoris was a major settlement in the Roman and Byzantine periods, with its earliest inhabitants stretching back to at least the Persian period. It has been intensively excavated by a several teams, including Duke University in the 1980s and 1990s. The present report brings to a close a series of. . . (more)
“Brought together in this Festschrift, they stand as a testimony to the worth of his [Hurowitz] engagement with the Bible and Mesopotamia and hold the standard for comparative studies. Even if the comparative method may seem to be less in fashion nowadays, for we are living through a skeptical age, these papers demonstrate that both fields—Bible and ancient Near Eastern studies—stand much to gain by following the path of dialogue and discourse upon which Victor Hurowitz left his indelible footprints.”—Yoram Cohen, Tel Aviv University in Review of Biblical Literature, August 2018
“It is a strength of this volume to offer the insights and suggestions found in studies dealing with the often-overlooked textual and epigraphic minutiae, the unsung ‘footnotes’ of biblical history and theology, which appropriately reflect the honoree’s intensive interest in and expertise over a myriad of textual and historical details relating to the Hebrew Bible. The book serves as a useful reference and develops many of Ben Zvi’s earlier textual observations. It will undoubtedly find a well-deserved place on the library shelves of many students as well as biblical scholars.”—Jeffrey P. Hudon, Andrews University in Review of Biblical Literature, August 2018
While on assignment between 2013 and 2017, often for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), Olivier Kugler interviewed and photographed Syrian refugees and their caregivers in camps, on the road, and in provisional housing in Iraqi Kurdistan, Greece, France, Switzerland, and England. Escaping Wars and Waves is the astonishing. . . (more)
The legend of Robert le Diable was extraordinarily influential in the seven hundred years after its creation, generating new versions and adaptations in various languages, ranging from sixteenth-century English adaptations by Wynken de Worde and Thomas Lodge to. . . (more)
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