Ancient Near East, Semitics & Judaica : new acquisitions February & March 2017

By Mary Fisk|March 31, 2017|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Art and Archaeology, History, Religions|0 comments

This is a selection of titles received by SOAS Library in the field of Ancient Near Eastern studies, Semitics and Judaica during February and March 2017. Please note that this section of the Library also includes material on the history and politics of modern Israel / Palestine.

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 Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations

Ships of the desert and ships of the sea: Palmyra in the world trade of the first three centuries CE / Eivind Heldaas Seland –

Kakkēka rukusma (“Ceins tes armes !”) : 2e Rencontre d’Histoire militaire du Proche-Orient ancien (Lyon, 17-18 octobre 2013) / textes édités par Philippe Abrahami et Catherine Wolff. –

Fortune and misfortune in the Ancient Near East : proceedings of the 60th Rencontre assyriologique internationale at Warsaw 21-25 July 2014 / edited by Olga Drewnowska and Małgorzata Sandowicz. –

Sea peoples of the Northern Levant? : Aegean-style pottery from early Iron Age Tell Tayinat / by Brian Janeway. –

Das Beerscheba-Tal zur Zeit der Könige Judas Stefan Höhn. –


Jewish messiahs in a Christian empire: a history of the Book of Zerubbabel / Martha Himmelfarb. –

Hebrew and other Semitic Languages

Guide to Hebrew manuscript collections [2nd edn.]  / by Benjamin Richler –

Introduction to the Grammar of Jewish Babylonian Aramaic [2nd edn.] / Elitzur A. Bar-Asher Siegal –

Vulture in a cage: poems by Solomon Ibn Gabirol / translated and introduced by Raymond P. Scheindlin –

Have I got a story for you: more than a century of fiction from the Forward / edited by Ezra Glinter ; introduction by Dara Horn. –

The story of Hebrew / Lewis Glinert. –

Jewish Studies

American Jewry: a new history / Eli Lederhendler –

The formation of the Pentateuch: bridging the academic cultures of Europe, Israel, and North America ? edited by Jan C. Gertz, Bernard M. Levinson, Dalit Rom-Shiloni and Konrad Schmid –

Changing the immutable: how Orthodox Judaism rewrites its history / Marc B. Shapiro. –

Religion in the Achaemenid Persian empire: emerging Judaisms and trends / edited by Diana Edelman, Anne Fitzpatrick-McKinley, and Philippe Guillaume. –

The Jew as legitimation: Jewish-Gentile relations beyond antisemitism and philosemitism / edited by David J. Wertheim –

The Jewish dietary laws in the ancient world / Jordan D. Rosenblum, University of Wisconsin, Madison. –

My Jewish year: 18 holidays, 1 wondering Jew / Abigail Pogrebin; foreword by A,. J. Jacobs –

Antisemitism and the Left: on the return of the Jewish Question / Robert Fine and Philip Spencer –

Jewish messiahs in a Christian empire: a history of the Book of Zerubbabel / Martha Himmelfarb. –

The Dead Sea Scrolls: a very short introduction [2nd edn]  / Timothy Lim –

Judaism, Sufism, and the pietists of medieval Egypt: a study of Abraham Maimonides and his times / Elisha Russ-Fishbane. –

Modern Israel / Palestine Studies

Days of Ticho: empire, mandate, medicine, and art in the Holy Land / David M. Reifler. –

Israel: a concise history of a nation reborn / Daniel Gordis. –

Islam under the Palestine Mandate: colonialism and the Supreme Muslim Council / Nicholas E. Roberts. –

Track two diplomacy and Jerusalem: the Jerusalem Old City Initiative / edited by Tom Najem, Michael Molloy, Michael Bell, John Bell. –

The Israeli republic: Jalal Al-e Ahmad, Islam, and the Jewish state / Jalal Al-e Ahmad and Simin Daneshvar ; translated from the Persian by Samuel Thrope, with essays by Samuel Thrope and Bernard Avishai. –


Bird in the room / an Ari Davidovich film –

Through the wall [videorecording] –


Dynamics of the Arab-Israel Conflict: Past and Present: Intellectual Odyssey II. –

Normalizing Occupation: The Politics of Everyday Life in the West Bank Settlements –

What ifs of Jewish history: from Abraham to Zionism / edited by Gavriel Rosenfeld –

St. John Damascene [electronic resource] : tradition and originality in Byzantine theology / Andrew Louth. –

Luther’s Jews: a journey into Anti-Semitism / Thomas Kaufman –

Haters, baiters, and would-be dictators: anti-Semitism and the UK far-right / Nick Toczek –

Localized law: the Babatha and Salome Komaise archives / Kimberley Czajkowski.-

No End of Conflict: Rethinking Israel-Palestine –

Continental philosophy and the Palestinian question: beyond the Jew and the Greek / Zahi Zalloua –

The Hebrew Bible: a critical companion / edited by John Barton –

Anna Komnene: the life and work of a medieval historian / Leonora Neville. –

A History of the Jewish War: AD 66-74 / Steve Mason. –

Fleeing the hijab: a Jewish woman’s escape from Iran / Sima Goel. –

Syria-Palestine in the late Bronze Age: an anthropology of politics and power / Emanuel Pfoh –

Moynihan’s moment: America’s fight against Zionism as racism / Gil Troy –

The empire that would not die: the paradox of eastern Roman survival, 640-740 / John Haldon. –

A history of the Hasmonean state: Josephus and beyond / Kenneth Atkinson –

Classifying the Aramaic texts from Qumran : a statistical analysis of linguistic features / John Starr. –



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