New Acquisitions in SOAS Library, August – October 2018: Ancient Near East, Semitics & Judaica

By Mary Fisk|October 29, 2018|Ancient Near East Semitics & Judaica, Art and Archaeology, History, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Semitics & Judaica|

This is a selection of titles received by SOAS Library in the field of Ancient Near Eastern studies, Semitics and Judaica between August and October 2018. 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

The cuneiform uranology texts: drawing the constellations / Paul-Alain Beaulieu, Eckart Frahm, Wayne Horowitz, John Steele. –

What’s in a name? : Terminology related to the work force and job categories in the ancient Near East / [edited by] Agnès Garcia-Ventura. –

Assyrian and Babylonian scholarly text catalogues: b medicine, magic and divination / [edited by] Ulrike Steinert –

The socio-economic organisation of the Urartian Kingdom / by Ali Çifçi. –

Aramaic magic bowls in the Vorderasiatisches Museum in Berlin: descriptive list and edition of selected texts / by Siam Bhayro, James Nathan Ford, Dan Levene, Ortal-Paz Saar ; with contributions by Matthew Morgenstern, Marco Moriggi, Naama Vilozny. –

The revival of the Anu cult and the nocturnal fire ceremony at late Babylonian Uruk / by Julia Krul. –

The history of Phoenicia / Josette Elayi; translated from the French by Andrew Plummer. –

Sumerian literary and historical inscriptions / by William W. Hallo ; with the assistance of Harold Torger Vedeler ; edited by Mark E. Cohen and Ulla Kasten. –

Homer’s allusive art / Bruno Currie. –

It’s a long way to a historiography of the Early Dynastic Period(s) / edited by Reinhard Dittmann and Gebhard J. Selz ; in collaboration with Ellen Rehm. –

Sennacherib, King of Assyria / by Josette Elayi. –

Discovering Babylon / Rannfrid Thelle. –

Hebrew and other Semitic Languages

Progressing in Hebrew – level dalet: lower advanced / Esther Delshad.[In Hebrew] –

The Orchard / Yochi Brandes ; translated from the Hebrew by Daniel Libenson. –

What we talk about when we talk about Hebrew: (and what it means to Americans) / edited by Naomi B. Sokoloff and Nancy E. Berg. –

גמחת האורות = The niche for lights \ מאת אבו חאמד מחמד אל-עזאלי ; תרגם מערבית קלסית לעברית בת-זמננו, הקדים מבואות וביאורים, העיר הערות וחילופי  נוסחאות, אבי אלקיים –

Zion’s Fiction: a treasury of Israeli speculative fiction / Sheldon Teitelbaum and Emanuel Lottem (editors): Avi Katz (Illustrator) –

The Dead Sea scrolls and the study of the humanities: method, theory, meaning: proceedings of the eighth meeting of the International Organization for Qumran Studies (Munich, 4-7 August, 2013) / edited by Pieter B. Hartog, Alison Schofield, Samuel I. Thomas. –

Jewish Studies

Early Judaism: new insights and scholarship / edited by Frederick E. Greenspahn –

Creating Judaism: history, tradition, practice / Michael L. Satlow. –

Sephardic women’s voices: out of North Africa / Nina B. Lichtenstein. –

The Routledge companion to Jewish history and historiography / edited by Dean Phillip Bell. –

Judaism and the economy: a sourcebook / edited by Michael Satlow –

The Jews in late antiquity / Rodrigo Laham Cohen. –

Modern Israel / Palestine Studies

Rise and kill first: the secret history of Israel’s targeted assassinations / Ronen Bergman ; translated by Ronnie Hope. –

Traces of racial exception: racializing Israeli settler colonialism / Ronit Lentin –

Under my window / Michal Ronnen Safdie ; foreword by Ari Shavit. –


Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations

Mountain peoples in the ancient Near East: the case of the Zagros in the first millennium BCE / Silvia Balatti. –


Reading in the Byzantine Empire and beyond / edited by Teresa Shawcross, Ida Toth. –

Hebrew and other Semitic languages

Jewish languages in historical perspective / edited by Lily Kahn. –

I have built you an exalted house: temple building in the Bible in the light of Mesopotamian and North-West semitic writings / Victor (Avigdor) Hurowitz. –

Jewish Studies

Blood for thought: the reinvention of sacrifice in early rabbinic literature / Mira Balberg –

The rabbinic conversion of Judaism: the unique perspective of the Bavli on conversion and the construction of Jewish identity / by Moshe Lavee. –

Seeking out the land: land of Israel traditions in ancient Jewish, Christian and Samaritan literature (200 BCE-400 CE) / by Ze’ev Safrai. –

Global Jewish foodways: a history / edited and with an introduction by Hasia R. Diner and Simone Cinotto ; foreword by Carlo Petrini. –

The Aggada of the Bavli and Its Cultural World / Geoffrey Herman –

Jews and the left: the rise and fall of a political alliance / Philip Mendes –

Revelations of ideology: apocalyptic class politics in early Roman Palestine / by G. Anthony Keddie. –

Modern Conservative Judaism: evolving thought and practice / Elliot N. Dorff ; foreword by Julie Schonfeld. –


Modern Israeli / Palestinian studies

Israel/Palestine and the queer international / Sarah Schulman. –

Preventing Palestine: a political history from Camp David to Oslo / Seth Anziska. –

The Oxford illustrated history of the Holy Land / edited by Robert G. Hoyland, H. G. M. Williamson. –

CATCH-67: the Left, the Right, and the legacy of the Six-Day War / Micah Goodman ; translated by Eylon Levy. –

Hearts and minds: Israel and the battle for public opinion / Nachman Shai; translated by Ira Moskowitz. –








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