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01/19/17

#SPOT1# Fortune and Misfortune in the Ancient Near East
Proceedings of the 60th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale Warsaw, 21–25 July 2014

Edited by Olga Drewnowska and Malgorzata Sandowicz
Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale - RAI 60
Eisenbrauns, 2017. Cloth. English and French.
ISBN: 9781575064659

List Price: $129.50
Your Price: $116.55

Just arrived, January 3

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. As is usually the case, the academic sessions were accompanied by many opportunities for social interaction among . . . (more)


#SPOT2# Hope for a Tender Sprig
Jehoiachin in Biblical Theology

by Matthew H. Patton
Bulletin for Biblical Research Supplement - BBRSup 16
Eisenbrauns, Forthcoming, February 2017. Cloth. English.
ISBN: 9781575064772.

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Jehoiachin reigned a mere three months before Nebuchadnezzar took him into exile. He was one more Judean king who did evil in the eyes of Yahweh, and his one recorded action as king was to surrender to the Babylonians. How significant can a king be whose reign ended when it had scarcely begun? Remarkably, unlike his uncles, Jehoahaz and Zedekiah, Jehoiachin did not disappear after his removal. Instead, he became the focus of ongoing prophetic discussion about the monarchy, his rehabilitation by Evil-Merodach was a tu . . . (more)


#SPOT3# At the Dawn of History
Ancient Near Eastern Studies in Honour of J. N. Postgate

Edited by Yağmur Heffron, Adam Stone, and Martin Worthington

Eisenbrauns, Forthcoming, February 2017. Cloth. English.
ISBN: 9781575064710

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Nearly 50 students, colleagues, and friends of Nicholas Postgate join in tribute to an Assyriologist and Archaeologist who has had a profound influence on both disciplines. His work and scholarship are strongly felt in Iraq, where he was the Director of the British School of Archaeology, in the United Kingdom, where he is Emeritus Professor of Assyriology in the University of Cambridge, and in the subject internationally. He has fostered close collaboration with colleagues in Turkey and Iraq, where he has been invol . . . (more)


Sea Peoples of the Northern Levant? Sea Peoples of the Northern Levant?
Aegean-Style Pottery from Early Iron Age Tell Tayinat

by Brian Janeway
Studies in the Archaeology and History of the Levant - SAHL 7
Harvard Semitic Museum / Eisenbrauns, 2017. Cloth. English.
ISBN: 9781575069500

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Just arrived, January 3

Did an invasion of the Sea Peoples cause the collapse of the Late Bronze Age palace-based economies of the Levant, as well as of the Hittite Empire? Renewed excavations at Tell Tayinat in southeast Turkey are shedding new light on the critical transitional phase of the Late Bronze/Early Iron Age (ca. 1200–1000 B.C.), a period that in the Northern Levant has until recently been considered a “Dark Age,” due in large part to the few extant textual sources relating to its history. However, recently discover . . . (more)


"They Called Me to Destroy the Wicked and the Evil"
Selected Essays on Crime and Punishment in Antiquity

Edited by Stefan Nowicki
KEF: Karum - Emporion - Forum. Beiträge zur Wirtschafts-, Rechts- und Sozialgeschichte des östlichen Mittelmeerraums und Altvorderasiens 1
Ugarit-Verlag, 2016. Cloth. English.
ISBN: 9783868352207

Your Price: $105.00

The purpose of this book is to present the issue of crime and punishment in antiquity in the wide scope of time and over an extensive geographical area. We hope that the studies included in this volume will broaden our understanding of the cross-cultural phenomenon of behaviours considered to be malevolent, dangerous to society, or corrosive to the foundations of state power, as well as the ways of punishing them, pointing also to their place in the complex organism that is human society, its culture, and traditions. A series of essays  . . . (more)


Borders Borders
Terminologies, Ideologies, and Performances

Edited by Annette Weissenrieder
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 1 - WUNT 366
Mohr Siebeck, 2016. Cloth. English.
ISBN: 9783161543753

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What are the relevant conceptualities and terminologies marking political, cultural, cultic, or religious borders and border zones? What terms represent “border” or “border zones” and what did they signify in antiquity? In this volume, an international group of archaeologists, classicists, historians, and biblical scholars investigates various terms, performances, and qualities of borders, and ideologies of boundaries in antiquity. Their primary focus is on physical borders and border zones of political organizations as well as of sanct . . . (more)


The Fall of Jerusalem and the Rise of the Torah The Fall of Jerusalem and the Rise of the Torah

Edited by Peter Dubovsky, Dominik Markl, and Jean-Pierre Sonnet
Forschungen zum Alten Testament - FAT 107
Mohr Siebeck, 2016. Cloth. English.
ISBN: 9783161540547

Your Price: $148.50

The destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians in 587 bce is arguably the most tremendous disaster in the Hebrew Bible. How this decisive date relates to the development of the Pentateuch, however, is highly controversial. Is the trauma of Jerusalem reflected in the five books of Moses? This question is addressed from multiple perspectives in this volume. Israel Finkelstein and Lester L. Grabbe discuss the archaeological and historical data. Experts in Pentateuchal criticism from diverse international backgrounds present a rich panoram . . . (more)


Economics in Persian-Period Biblical Texts Economics in Persian-Period Biblical Texts
Their Interactions with Economic Developments in the Persian Period and Earlier Biblical Traditions

by Peter Altmann
Forschungen zum Alten Testament - FAT 109
Mohr Siebeck, 2016. Cloth. English.
ISBN: 9783161548130

Your Price: $178.50

Large-scale economic change such as the rise of coinage occurred during the Persian-dominated centuries (6th –4th centuries BCE) in the Eastern Mediterranean and ancient Near East. How do the biblical texts of the time respond to such developments? In this study, Peter Altmann lays out foundational economic conceptions from the ancient Near East and earlier biblical traditions in order to show how Persian-period biblical texts build on these traditions to address the challenges of their day. Economic issues are central to the way that  . . . (more)


Centres and Peripheries in the Early Second Temple Period Centres and Peripheries in the Early Second Temple Period

Edited by Ehud Ben Zvi and Christoph Levin
Forschungen zum Alten Testament - FAT 108
Mohr Siebeck, 2016. Cloth. English.
ISBN: 9783161542930

Your Price: $201.00

“Centre and periphery” frameworks have been particularly helpful for research on systems whose dynamics are strongly influenced by a substantially unequal distribution of qualities. But what can these frameworks, in all their present diversity and in their various “re-conceptualizations,” contribute to the study of the early Second Temple period? The essays in this volume address this question through the prism of, for instance, the location of Jerusalem, diasporic communities, Torah, roles of temples and royal courts, Jerusalem/Gerizim . . . (more)


Athtart Athtart
The Transmission and Transformation of a Goddess in the Late Bronze Age

by Aren M. Wilson-Wright
Forschungen zum Alten Testament 2 Reihe - FAT2 90
Mohr Siebeck, 2016. Paper. English.
ISBN: 9783161550102

Your Price: $81.00

In this book, Aren M. Wilson-Wright proposes a new model for studying gods in the Ancient Near East. The key insight of this model is that the roles, functions, and representations of deities correspond to the daily routines of their worshippers. Soldiers, for example, tend to worship martial gods, while farmers tend to worship agricultural gods. The author then illustrates the utility of this model by applying it to a detailed study of the goddess Athtart at three Late Bronze Age sites: Egypt, Emar, and Ugarit. In the process, he demon . . . (more)