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The ancient Near East refers to early civilizations in a region roughly corresponding to the modern Middle East: Mesopotamia (modern Iraq and Syria), Anatolia (modern Turkey), the Levant (modern Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, and Jordan), as well as Persia (modern Iran), and Ancient Egypt, from the beginnings of Sumer in the 6th millennium BCE until the region's conquest by Alexander the Great in the 4th century BCE.

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The Semitic Alphabets

ISBN: 978-1-61143-681-5
Isaac Taylor (1829-1901) is best known for his archaeological and philological works, especially his detailed study of the alphabets published in 1883. This book on the Semitic alphabets comprises the first volume of Taylor’s 1883 study. Taylor begins with a discussion on the invention of writing and the origin of the alphabet, then gives a discussion of three alphabetic families, what he calls the Phoenician alphabet, the Aramean alphabets (covering Palmyra, Hebrew, Syriac, Mongolian, and Arabic), and the south Semitic alphabets (covering Sabean and Ethiopic).
$93.84

The Religions of Modern Syria and Palestine

ISBN: 978-1-61143-604-4
This volume represents the Bross Lectures given by Frederick J. Bliss in 1908 in which he describes the religious practices of Christians and Muslims in Syria and Palestine.
$93.48

Neo-Assyrian Prophecy and the Hebrew Bible: Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah

ISBN: 978-1-4632-0077-0
Previous generations of scholars believed that prophecy was unique to ancient Israel. However, recent archaeological discoveries reveal that numerous societies in the ancient Near East practiced prophecy. This study examines the similarities and differences between Neo-Assyrian and biblical prophecy, particularly focusing on the 7th c. BCE prophets Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah, and discusses what implications these differences may have for our understanding of these prophets.
$57.00

Ancient Egypt

ISBN: 978-1-59333-651-6
Rawlinson’s study of ancient Egypt surveys the land and people of Egypt before taking the development of the nation through historic chapters. Told in a level of detail to rival Breasted’s classic work on Egypt, this earlier study makes fascinating reading.
$99.24

The Ramesseum

And the Tomb of Ptah-hetep
By James Edward Quibell; Contribution by Wilhelm Spiegelberg; In Collaboration With F. Ll. Griffith
Series: Analecta Gorgiana 591
ISBN: 978-1-61719-479-5
This work contains inscriptions from the Ramesseum in Thebes and the tomb of Ptahhotep at Thebes, as well as the archaeological work of 1896 in Egypt.
$23.43

Third Annual Report of the Managing Committee, 1903–1904

With the Report of the Director
Series: Analecta Gorgiana 546
ISBN: 978-1-61719-389-7
A vivid glimpse of the early years of one of the prestigious American Schools for Oriental Research, when a dozen students traveled the Middle East each winter. This report documents some of the troubles they faced.
$15.06

Idiophones of the Ancient Near East

In the Collections of the British Museum
ISBN: 978-1-61143-956-4
This book is a catalogue of the idiophones acquired by the Department of the Near East of the British Museum since the mid-nineteenth century. It includes clay rattles principally from Ur, dating from the third millennium BC; shell clappers; copper and bronze clappers and cymbals from Nimrud and from other prestigious locations and a remarkable collection of bronze bells mainly from Nimrud, unearthed by Layard around 1850. The book gives an accurate description of the objects along with former references and a comprehensive bibliography.
$71.25

Dating Archaic Biblical Hebrew Poetry

A Critique of the Linguistic Arguments
ISBN: 978-1-61143-921-2
The dating of some Archaic Biblical Hebrew poems to the late second millennium – early first millennium BCE on the basis of a handful of linguistic forms in common with second millennium Ugaritic and Amarna-Canaanite texts is brought into question. This critique highlights the problems with the arguments and hypotheses presented in the literature, and concludes that there is no compelling evidence to support the use of linguistic data for dating purposes.
$57.00

Die Briefe Hammurabi’s an Sin-Idinnam

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 101
ISBN: 978-1-60724-025-9
In keeping with the general format of nineteenth-century Assyriological publications, this study provides an abundance of information on the texts under consideration. Here, the correspondence between the famous Babylonian king Hammurabi and the governor of Larsa, Sin-Idinnam, is examined in detail. Nagel also includes commentary, beginning with grammatical and syntactical issues. Next he turns to lexical issues, beginning with individual words, compound words, and ideograms. Friedrich Delitzsch also adds further remarks to Nagel’s adequate analysis of these historically significant texts.
$18.48

Hiob Ludolf: Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der Orientalischen Philologie

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 95
ISBN: 978-1-60724-016-7
As a scholar of the languages of early Christianity, including Ethiopic and Syriac, Johannes Flemming felt a debt to the learned scholar of the seventeenth century, Job Leutholf (also Hiob Ludolf). Still cited as one of the essential pieces of Leutholf’s biography, this article is required reading for those interested in the life of this remarkable scholar. After sketching an outline of Leutholf’s life, Flemming then moves on to focus on his Ethiopic studies. Flemming concludes his articles with the correspondence between Leutholf and the abbot Gregorius who initially taught him the Ethiopic language.
$20.82

Journal for Late Antique Religion and Culture

ISBN: 978-1-4632-0147-0
The Journal for Late Antique Religion and Culture (JLARC) is a peer-reviewed free-access online journal edited by members of the Cardiff Centre for Late Antique Religion and Culture (CLARC) and published by Cardiff University (http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/clarc).
$16.95

Journal for Late Antique Religion and Culture

ISBN: 978-1-4632-0148-7
The Journal for Late Antique Religion and Culture (JLARC) is a peer-reviewed free-access online journal edited by members of the Cardiff Centre for Late Antique Religion and Culture (CLARC) and published by Cardiff University (http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/clarc).
$19.56

Journal for Late Antique Religion and Culture

ISBN: 978-1-4632-0149-4
The Journal for Late Antique Religion and Culture (JLARC) is a peer-reviewed free-access online journal edited by members of the Cardiff Centre for Late Antique Religion and Culture (CLARC) and published by Cardiff University (http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/clarc).
$22.26

Journal for Late Antique Religion and Culture

ISBN: 978-1-4632-0052-7
The Journal for Late Antique Religion and Culture (JLARC) is a peer-reviewed open access online journal edited by members of the Cardiff Centre for Late Antique Religion and Culture (CLARC) and published by Cardiff University (http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/clarc).
$30.00

Festgruss an Rudolf von Roth

zum Doktor-Jubiläum 24 August 1893
ISBN: 978-1-61143-686-0
Rudolf von Roth (1821-1895) was a prominent German philologist. In this Festgruss, forty four of his colleagues and students presented him papers on various topics on the occasion of his Doctor-Jubiläum. They included luminaries like Theodor Nöldeke, William D. Whitney, Edward V. Arnold, and others. The topics discussed are mostly philological covering a wide range of eastern languages, both Semitic and Indic.
$82.14

Perspectives on Hebrew Scriptures VI

Comprising the Contents of Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, Vol. 9
Edited by Ehud Ben Zvi
ISBN: 978-1-61143-004-2
This volume incorporates all the articles and reviews published in Volume 9 (2009) of the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures.
$191.96

The Book of Lamentations and the Social World of Judah in the Neo-Babylonian Era

ISBN: 978-1-60724-112-6
Using a form of social-historical criticism this book provides a counter-reading of Lamentations that elucidates the impact and aftermath of siege warfare on Judah's peasants. The rhetoric of Lamentations, ancient Near Eastern writings, and archaeological evidence are considered, along with social models from other agrarian societies. Together these shed light on the changing social dynamics, religious customs, and political and economic structures of rural and urban Judah in the sixth century BCE. This study brings to life voices long silent, and suggests that Judah's peasants played a significant role in the survival of peasant and city-dweller alike, when Jerusalem fell.
$57.00

A Comparison of the Egyptian Execration Ritual to Exodus 32:19 and Jeremiah 19

ISBN: 978-1-61143-546-7
Ancient Egyptian leaders sought to preserve the status quo by using not only their military might, but also enlisting magical rituals to help control any perceived threats to their way of life. Biblical leaders also sought to control their respective peoples by means of divine authority, brute force, and/or ritual actions. Examples of ritual actions by Moses and Jeremiah mimic those used by the ancient Egyptians in order to preserve or restore order to their given societies.
$81.75

Purim

Address Delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature and Exegesis
Series: Analecta Gorgiana 107
ISBN: 978-1-60724-033-4
Approaching the question of Purim historically, Haupt notes that the book of Esther was composed during the reign of Judas Maccabeus, and he correlates the festival to the Babylonian New Year. He discusses the origin of the title “purim” from various languages, ultimately deciding on the Old Persian explanation. Moving forward, Haupt brings the festival into the more modern period, showing how the ancient tradition continues to exist. A useful resource for anyone interested in turn-of-the-century thought on the origins of an enigmatic biblical festival, this contribution is both readable to the layperson and scholarly as well.
$17.40

Die Babylonisch-Assyrischen Vorstellungen vom Leben nach dem Tode

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 176
ISBN: 978-1-60724-247-5
In this brief study, Jeremias examines the representations of life after death in the Babylonian and Assyrian sources. The descent of Ishtar, basic concepts of the grave, descriptions of the afterlife and the realm of the blessed are all examined. The possibility of return from death and the biblical outlook on the subject are also part of the exploration.
$23.88

Beiträge zur äthiopischen Grammatik und Etymologie

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 120
ISBN: 978-1-60724-055-6
A renowned linguist, Franz Praetorius explored several ancient languages in his career. This work concerns his observations of the grammar and various etymologies of Ethiopic. He accomplishes this by discussing 57 lexemes worthy of note and also considering nominal forms with prefixed t and the imperfect preformative with a. These acute observations by a scholar with such finesse are not easily ignored.
$15.78

A New Fragment of the Babylonian Etana Legend

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 119
ISBN: 978-1-60724-054-9
This fragment of the Babylonian Etana legend was first published in this brief paper by Morris Jastrow. The fragment is presented here in transliteration and translation along with the able textual commentary of an acknowledged leader among philologists. Following the presentation of the text, Jastrow also offers an interpretation of the text, suggesting where within the Etana legend the fragment fits. Line drawings and photographs of this singular fragment accompany the text of the article. Also included in this volume is a brief piece by Friedrich Delitzsch on Neo-Babylonian contract tablets.
$15.24

Social Life in Egypt

A Description of the Country and its People
ISBN: 978-1-61719-343-9
A survey of Egypt by the distinguished English student of Arabic. Six steel engravings, and over a hundred wood-cuts are used to illustrate Egyptian culture, society and inhabitants shortly after the English conquest.
$73.86

Das babylonische Nimrodepos

[Gilgamesh]
Edited by Paul Haupt
ISBN: 978-1-61719-335-4
This volume features the tablets of the Akkadian text of Gilgamesh, reproduced as a cuneiform text with German captions.
$74.04

Assyrische Lesestücke

mit den Elementen der Grammatik und vollständige Glossar Einführung in die assyrische unde semitisch-babylonische Keilschriftliteratur für akademisches Gebrauch und Selbstunterricht
ISBN: 978-1-61719-334-7
The classic introduction to Akkadian, for classes and self-study. It includes an extensive selection of readings, with grammar and cuneiform dictionary.
$77.73