New acquisitions for SOAS Library: Ancient Near East, Semitics & Judaica (November 2018 – January 2019)

By Mary Fisk|January 29, 2019|Ancient Near East, Art and Archaeology, History, Religion, Semitics & Judaica|

This is a selection of titles received by SOAS Library in the field of Ancient Near Eastern studies, Semitics and Judaica between November 2018 and January 2019. 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

Assyromania and more: in memory of Samuel M. Paley / edited by Friedhelm Pedde and Nathanael Shelley –

Mesopotamian medicine and magic: studies in honor of Markham J. Geller / edited by Strahil V. Panayotov, Ludek Vacin ; with the assistance of Gene Trabich. –

Structures of power: law and gender across the Ancient Near East and beyond / edited by Ilan Peled, with contributions by Brian Muhs [and twelve others]. –

The art of divination in the ancient Near East: reading the signs of heaven and earth / Stefan M. Maul; translated by Brian McNeil and Alexander Johannes Edmonds. –

Alphabet scribes in the land of cuneiform: sēpiru professionals in Mesopotamia in the Neo-Babylonian and Achaemenid periods / Yigal Bloch. –

How did the Persian king of kings get his wine? : the upper Tigris in antiquity (c.700 BCE to 636 CE) / Athony Comfort and Michał Marciak –

The material and ideological base of the old Babylonian state: history, economy, and politics / Lukáš Pecha. –

Complete Babylonian: a comprehensive guide to reading and understanding Babylonian, with original texts / Martin Worthington. –

Behind the scenes of the Old Testament: cultural, social, and historical contexts / edited by Jonathan S. Greer, John W. Hilber, and John H. Walton –

La medicina assiro-babilonese / a cura di Frederick Mario Fales con la collaborazione di Francesca Minen –

be-Artsot Shumer ṿe-Akad / be-ʻarikhat: Mordekhai Kogen.
בארצות שומר ואכד : מחקרים חדשים, יום עיון לכבוד יעקב קליין בהגיעו לגבורות / בעריכת: מרדכי כוגן. –

The tale of the Poor man of Nippur / by Baruch Ottervanger ; with the assistance of Yigal Bloch. –

Sea and the combat myth: North West Semitic political mythology in the Hebrew Bible / Joanna Töyräänvuori –

A companion to ancient Near Eastern art / edited by Ann C Gunter. –

Hebrew and other Semitic Languages

Middle Egyptian / Peter Beylage –

Jerusalem of people and places: a reader for beginning and intermediate levels / by Sara Israeli and Tamar Perles –

Recording village life: a Coptic scribe in early Islamic Egypt / Jennifer A. Cromwell. –

The Commentary of Gabriel of Qatar on the East Syriac Morning Service on Ordinary Days: text, translation, and discussion / Alex C. J. Neroth van Vogelpoel. –

Jewish Studies

The religious worldviews reflected in the Dead Sea Scrolls : proceedings of the Fourteenth International Symposium of the Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Associated Literature, 28-30 May, 2013 / edited by Ruth A. Clements, Menahem Kister, Michael Segal. –

Diasporas in antiquity / edited by Shaye J.D. Cohen, Ernest S. Frerichs –

Judaism: the genealogy of a modern nation / Daniel Boyarin –

Studies in contemporary Jewry. I / edited by Jonathan Frankel –

Hasidic people: a place in the New World / Jerome R. Mintz. –

Discovering Second Temple literature: the scriptures and stories that shaped early Judaism / Malka Z. Simkovich. –

Modern Israel / Palestine Studies

Beyond Post-Zionism / Eran Kaplan.


Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations

Sargonic Texts from Telloh in the Istanbul Archaeological Museums. Part 2 / Benjamin R. Foster. –

Hittite local cults / by Michele Cammarosano. –


Strangers to themselves: the Byzantine outsider: papers from the thirty-second Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, March 1998 / edited by Dion C. Smythe. –

Jewish Studies

Writing on the wall: graffiti and the forgotten Jews of antiquity / Karen B. Stern. –

The Cambridge History of Judaism. Volume 6, The Middle Ages: The Christian World / edited by Robert Chazan –

Land, Center and Diaspora: Jewish Constructs in Late Antiquity / Isaiah Gafni –

Maimonides’ on Coitus: A New Parallel Arabic-English Edition and Translation / Gerrit Bos –

Discovering Second Temple literature: the scriptures and stories that shaped early Judaism / Malka Z. Simkovich. –

How old is the Hebrew bible? : A linguistic, textual, and historical study / Ronald Hendel and Jan Joosten. –

The Jews: a history [3rd edn.] / John Efron, Matthias Lehmann, Steven Weitzman. –

Women of valor: Orthodox Jewish troll fighters, crime writers, and rock stars in contemporary literature and culture / Karen E. H. Skinazi. –

Between Iran and Zion: Jewish histories of twentieth-century Iran / Lior B. Sternfeld. –


Modern Israeli / Palestinian studies

Our American Israel: the story of an entangled alliance / Amy Kaplan –

The Israel-Palestine conflict: one hundred years of war [3rd edn]  / James L. Gelvin –

Self-criticism after the defeat / Sadik al-Azm; translated from the Arabic by George Stergios ; foreword by Fouad Ajami ; preface by Sadik al-Azm ; introduction by Faisal Darraj. –

Colonialism and the Jews / edited by Ethan B. Katz, Lisa Moses Leff, and Maud S. Mandel. –

Hamas the Islamic resistance movement / Beverley Milton-Edwards and Stephen Farrell –

Beyond the nation-state: the Zionist political imagination from Pinsker to Ben-Gurion / Dmitry Shumsky. –









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