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The 2010 Eisenbrauns
Ancient Near Eastern Valentine Contest

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How beautiful are your feet in sandals,
O prince's daughter!
The curves of your hips are like jewels,
The work of the hands of an artist.

Your navel is like a round goblet
Which never lacks mixed wine;
Your belly is like a heap of wheat
Fenced about with lilies.

—Song of Solomon 7:1–2

Love is in the air! We once again again went looking for a few good scholars to display both love and linguistics in our third Ancient Near Eastern Valentines contest, and you came through with academic ardor.

We asked for no more than three original compositions in any ancient Near Eastern language (ancient Greek is also allowed), accompanied by an English translation. Music, artwork, and video were similarly welcome.

The judging wasn't completely arbitrary, and the the prizes are thus:

1st Place: $75 Eisenbrauns Gift Certificate
2nd Place: $50 Eisenbrauns Gift Certificate
3rd Place: $25 Eisenbrauns Gift Certificate
Honorable Mentions: Fame and glory.

The results of the 2008 and 2009 are available for your reference and enjoyment.

And so, without further ado, the results of the 2010 Eisenbrauns Ancient Near Eastern Valentine Contest:

 

Honorable Mention

Cuneiform Heart
by Houria Lauffenburger
for her husband, Olivier

 

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Honorable Mention

Gerlab and Ḥelomatt
(Romeo and Juliet in Early Palestine)

by B.C. Hodge

 

Cuneiform Valentine

Translation:

Cuneiform Valentine

 

Third Place

Ode for Francis
Rosa Hunt

 

I am my lover's, and my lover is mine.

My heart is your heart,
and my spirit is your spirit.

One with another we spent
the night in a delightful vineyard.

In our tryst we whispered in
a silken tongue.

In the morning the master builder
built a walled city with our bodies.

You are the right hand, and I am the left.

Our breast is a paradise
where our sons rejoice forever.

I am my lover's, and my lover is mine.

Bev McCoy - Hebrew Valentine

 

Second Place

Song of the Four Locusts
Max Rogland
Assistant Professor of Old Testament
Erskine Theological Seminary

 

Bev McCoy - Hebrew Valentine

Bev McCoy - Hebrew Valentine

Bev McCoy - Hebrew Valentine

 

First Place

An Old Babylonian Love Poem
by Olivier Lauffenburger

 

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Congratulations to all who entered! Enjoy the day!

The results of the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013 contests are available here for your reference and enjoyment.

 

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