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#SPOT1# What Kind of God?
Collected Essays of Terence E. Fretheim

by Terence E. Fretheim
Edited by Michael J. Chan and Brent A. Strawn

Siphrut: Literature and Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures 14
Eisenbrauns, 2015. Cloth. English.
ISBN: 9781575063430

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Terence E. Fretheim has long been a leading voice in Old Testament theology.  In this volume, thirty of his classic studies have been gathered together for the first time under the rubrics "God and the World," "God and Suffering," "God, Wrath, and Divine Violence," "God and the Pentateuch," "God and the Prophets," and "God and the Church's Book."  Here readers can find a compelling answer to the question that has motivated Fretheim's work for more than forty years—namely, what kind of God is the God of Scripture? The studies are i... (more)

#SPOT2# Mood and Modality in Hurrian

by Dennis R. M. Campbell
Languages of the Ancient Near East - LANE 5
Eisenbrauns, 2015. Cloth. English and Hurrian.
ISBN: 9781575063225.

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In a long dead language isolate such as Hurrian, grammatical studies are replete with difficulties. The paucity of material and our inability to compare it to modern, well-documented languages typically results in more questions than answers. Many posited answers to these questions lead inevitably to dead ends. Studies in languages such as Hurrian run the risk of either stagnating due to an adherence to the status quo by scholars or fragmenting when no two scholars can (or will) agree on any point. In this book, Campbell has in many way... (more)

#SPOT3# The Umma Messenger Texts from the Harvard Semitic Museum and the Yale Babylonian Collection, Part 1

by Noemi Borrelli
Eisenbrauns, 2015. Paper. English.
ISBN: 9781575063775

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In this volume, Noemi Borrelli publishes 240 Messenger Texts from the city of Umma, texts that are currently housed in the collections of the Yale Babylonian Collection and the Harvard Semitic Museum. Earlier volumes of Nisaba published nearly 900 similar Messenger Texts that are in the collections of the British Museum.

The texts published here range in date from the fifth month of Amar-Suen 3 to the twelfth month of Ibbi-Sîn. These administrative records provide data on the allotment of rations and disbursement of goods and thu... (more)

Forestalling Doom Forestalling Doom
"Apotropaic Intercession" in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East

by Marian W. Broida
Alter Orient und Altes Testament - AOAT 417
Ugarit-Verlag, 2014. Cloth. English.
ISBN: 9783868351101

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According to a common ancient Near Eastern belief, misfortune resulted when irate gods, angered by human offense, ordained doom for individuals or nations. But divine decrees of doom were not always viewed as irrevocable. As we see in texts from the ancient Near East, including the Hebrew Bible, the gods often gave advance notice of disastrous decrees via omens or, in some biblical stories, through YHWH's own speech. Such warnings allowed humanity a chance to respond. Frequently, the response was intercession. Numerous ritual texts from... (more)

It's a Long Way to a Historiography of the Early Dynastic Period(s) It's a Long Way to a Historiography of the Early Dynastic Period(s)

Edited by Reinhard Dittmann and Gebhard Selz

Altertumskunde des Vorderen Orients - AVO 15
Ugarit-Verlag, 2015. Cloth. English and German.
ISBN: 9783868351392

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This volume comprises the contributions presented at a colloquium, which developed from a workshop concerning "The Early Dynastic Period in Babylonia" on the occasion of the 75th birthday of Hans Nissen. At the workshop the lack of a survey of the present status quaestionis was apparent, as was the absence of considerations regarding avenues for future research of this formative epoch in the development of ancient Mesopotamian cultures. The colloquium in Vienna in November 2011 whose findings are presented here sought to address these s... (more)

Mesopotamia in the Ancient World Mesopotamia in the Ancient World
Impact, Continuities, Parallels. Proceedings of the Seventh Symposium of the Melammu Project Held in Obergurgl, Austria, November 4?8, 2013

Edited by Robert Rollinger and Erik von Dongen
Melammu Symposia - MS 7
Ugarit-Verlag, 2015. Cloth. English.
ISBN: 9783868351286

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The Melammu Project, founded in 1998, organized five successive conferences and a sixth in 2008. Melammu Symposia 7 now represents a new dawn for the project publishing the contributions of the meeting in Obergurgl in November 2013. This time it will not be an isolated event: Further conferences have already taken place and have been planned (Kiel 2014, Helsinki and Tartu 2015, Kassel 2016, and Beirut 2017), the project board has been renewed, reinvigorated and rejuvenated, and plans are underway for a thorough reworking a... (more)

Magie und Raum Magie und Raum
Der magische Schutz ausgewahlter Raume im alten Agypten nebst einem Vergleich zu angrenzenden Kulturbereichen

by Christoffer Theis
Orientalische Religionen in der Antike - ORA 13
Mohr Siebeck, 2015. Cloth. German.
ISBN: 9783161535567

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Was the individual in Ancient Egypt completely at the mercy of demons, illnesses or other threats? Or could various practices be called upon to keep the likes of these at bay? Christoffer Theis examines written and archaeological sources, which verify the magical protection of various rooms and spaces in Ancient Egypt. He presents a detailed analysis and commentary of evidence available for the protection of the land of Egypt, its temples, houses, sleeping chambers, and graves. Legacies from other contemporary cultures, such as Mesopotamia... (more)

Babylonian Poems of Pious Sufferers Babylonian Poems of Pious Sufferers
Ludlul Bel Nemeqi and the Babylonian Theodicy

by Takayoshi Oshima
Orientalische Religionen in der Antike - ORA 14
Mohr Siebeck, 2015. Cloth. English and Akkadian.
ISBN: 9783161533891

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Takayoshi Oshima analyses the two most important Babylonian wisdom texts: Ludlul Bel Nemeqi (also known as the Babylonian Job or the Babylonian Righteous Sufferer ) and the so-called Babylonian Theodicy. On the basis of the hitherto published as well as newly available, unpublished cuneiform manuscripts, the author establishes a new critical text for each poem and gives an English translation. He offers detailed philological and critical notes to the texts, discussing both the textual and the interpretive issues evoked by individual words ... (more)

Studies in Paul's Letter to the Philippians Studies in Paul's Letter to the Philippians

by Hans Dieter Betz
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 1 - WUNT 343
Mohr Siebeck, 2015. Cloth. English.
ISBN: 9783161531194

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Paul's Letter to the Philippians is one of the most important but also most difficult parts of the corpus Paulinum. The main difficulties are caused by unresolved issues in the interpretation, which are reflected in the current commentary literature. In the present work, Hans Dieter Betz does not offer a full commentary, but rather seven chapters of new exegetical investigations focusing on controversial passages and issues of the letter. These chapters represent separate engagements over a period of several years and employ the standard h... (more)

Completing Christ's Afflictions Completing Christ's Afflictions
Christ, Paul, and the Reconciliation of All Things

by Bruce Clark
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 2 Reihe - WUNT 383
Mohr Siebeck, 2015. Paper. English.
ISBN: 9783161533341

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What is the relationship between the preeminent, cosmos-reconciling 'Christ' of Col 1:15-20 and the imprisoned 'Paul' of 1:24-29, who enigmatically 'completes' the former's afflictions as he declares to 'every person' the mystery, long concealed but only now revealed by Israel's God to his holy ones? After finding solid exegetical ground through an unprecedented and exhaustive study of the rare verb antanapleroo (in 1.24), Bruce Clark tackles this most intriguing, if challenging question. He argues that Col 1, in accord with 2 Cor 5:18-6:4... (more)

Early Christian Communities between Ideal and Reality Early Christian Communities between Ideal and Reality

Edited by Mark Grundeken and Joseph Verheyden
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 1 - WUNT 342
Mohr Siebeck, 2015. Cloth. English.
ISBN: 9783161526701

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The authors of this volume explore the notion of community as reflected upon in the writings of the Apostolic Fathers. Various aspects are dealt with, including concerns for organising the community, developing a sacramental and liturgical praxis, constructing identity against outsiders, spreading the Christian message, and building towards a better community. The interplay between ideal and reality in the sources offers some reliable information about day-to-day concerns and concrete situations in Christian communities from the end of the... (more)

The Trial and Crucifixion of Jesus The Trial and Crucifixion of Jesus
Texts and Commentary

by David W. Chapman and Eckhard J. Schnabel
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 1 - WUNT 344
Mohr Siebeck, 2015. Paper. English, Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, and Latin.
ISBN: 9783161537868.

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The purpose of this comprehensive sourcebook by David W. Chapman and Eckhard J. Schnabel is to publish the extra-biblical primary texts that have been cited as relevant for understanding Jesus' trial and crucifixion. The texts in the first part deal with Jesus' trial and interrogation before the Sanhedrin, and the texts in the second part concern Jesus' trial before Pilate. The texts in part three represent crucifixion as a method of execution in antiquity. For each document the authors provide the original text (Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, La... (more)

Prophétisme et Alliance Prophétisme et Alliance
Des Archives royales de Mari à la Bible hébraïque

by Jean-Georges Heintz
Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis - OBO 271
Academic Press Fribourg, 2015. Cloth. French.
ISBN: 9783727817656

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This volume contains 19 articles by Jean-Georges Heintz, professor emeritus for Old Testament studies at the University of Strasbourg. The contributions deal with the origins, forms and functions of prophecy and prophetic literature in the West Semitic area and their relations to the theology of covenant and divine sovereignty. These fields are studied on the basis of Old Babylonian/Amorite texts from Mari and Syro-Palestinian literature, esp. the Hebrew Bible, in order to comprehend the evolution of institutions and traditions. A special interest is granted to the relations ancient Near Eastern iconography and the figurative language of the Hebrew Bible.

A foreword in German by Manfred Weippert introduces to the volume and provides ... (more)

Untersuchungen zur Geflügelwirtschaft im Alten Orient Untersuchungen zur Geflügelwirtschaft im Alten Orient

by Elisabeth von der Osten-Sacken
Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis - OBO 272
Academic Press Fribourg, 2015. Cloth. German.
ISBN: 9783727817687

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This monograph studies the economic use of birds from the beginning to the domestication of some of them. Since when do humans hunt birds and how did they use them? The development of methods and significance of fowling and bird keeping are examined with a particular focus on economically relevant, especially fowl-like species.

Different kinds of ancient Near Eastern evidence and source materials (archaezoological, archaeological and philological) are examined and compared to ancient Egyptian and Greco-Roman sources. The book is ... (more)