Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica – August 2014

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|September 2, 2014|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica|0 comments

Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations Divination in the Ancient Near East: a workshop on divination conducted during the 54th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Wurzburg, 2008 / edited by Jeanette C. Fincke Divination, politics, and ancient Near Eastern empires / edited by Alan Lenzi and Jonathan Støkl. Sacred ritual: a study of the West Semitic ritual calendars in Leviticus 23 and the Akkadian text Emar 446 / Bryan C. Babcock. Incantation and anti-witchcraft

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Cities in the Ancient Near East: Ömür Harmanşah discusses his recent book

By Mary Fisk|August 20, 2014|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Art and Archaeology, History, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica|0 comments

In this article on the ASOR (American Schools of Oriental Research) blog, Ömür Harmanşah discusses how he came to write Cities and the shaping of memory in the Ancient Near East, published by Cambridge University Press in 2013, and also looks at concepts of architectural and urban space in more modern times (with a particular focus on Ankara) Click here to go to the Library catalogue, where you will also find

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Mesopotamian mathematics & cuneiform tablets

By Mary Fisk|July 29, 2014|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Art and Archaeology|0 comments

Cuneiform writing was devised initially for the purpose of keeping accounts, and for the first few centuries, it was used almost entirely for book-keeping. ORACC (Open Richly Annotated Cuneiform Corpus) at the University of Pennsylvania has added transcriptions and translations of around 1000 cuneiform mathematical tablets to its database. The text and editions on this site have been made available by Eleanor Robson (University of Cambridge), one of the founders

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Open access monographs from the Oriental Institute (University of Chicago)

By Mary Fisk|January 29, 2014|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Art and Archaeology|0 comments

Assyrian king hunting lions [Image from: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AAssyrian_king_hunting_lions.png ; Attribution: By William C. Morey (Outlines of Greek History, pg. 40) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons] The Oriental Institute Assyriological Monographs (AS) volumes 1-27 (1932-2007) are available on the Oriental Institute website Topics include cuneiform studies (Akkadian, Babylonian, Sumerian, Amorite and Hittite) and studies of the civilizations of Ur, Sumer, Nippur and the Hittites Click here to access the papers    

Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica – November 2013

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|December 5, 2013|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica|0 comments

Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations Approaching rituals in ancient cultures: Questioni di Rito: Rituali come Fonte di Conoscenza delle Religioni e delle Concezioni del Mondo nelle Culture Antiche, proceedings of the conference, November 28-30, 2011, Roma / edited by Claus Ambos and Lorenzo Verderame.  Frühe Götterdarstellungen in Mesopotamien / Eva Andrea Braun-Holzinger Die Wahrsagekunst im Alten Orient : Zeichen des Himmels und der Erde / Stefan M. Maul Etudes Ougaritiques III

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Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica – October 2013

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|November 13, 2013|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica|0 comments

e-books Violence, nonviolence, and the Palestinian national movement / Wendy Pearlman. [e-book via Cambridge Books Online] Struggle and survival in Palestine/Israel / edited by Mark LeVine and Gershon Shafir. [e-book via ebrary] Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations De Hattusa à Memphis: Jacques Freu in honorem / Michel Mazoyer. Les religieuses et le culte de Marduk dans le royaume de Babylone / Lucile Barberon. Neo-Babylonian documents from Sippar pertaining to the cult

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Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica – September 2013

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|October 8, 2013|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica|0 comments

Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations Tempel im Alten Orient : 7. Internationales Colloquium der Deutschen Orient-Gesellschaft, 11.-13. Oktober 2009, München Im Auftrag der Deutschen Orient-Gesellschaft / herausgegeben von Kai Kaniuth, Anne Löhnert, Jared L. Miller, Adelheid Otto, Michael Roaf und Walther Sallaberger. Siedlungsgeschichte im mittleren Osttigrisgebiet : vom Neolithikum bis in die neuassyrische Zeit / Simone Mühl. The World of Berossos : Proceedings of the 4th International Colloquium on “The Ancient

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Ancient linguistics: Ugaritic and Hebrew

By Mary Fisk|August 27, 2013|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Linguistics|0 comments

Ugaritic inscription on an axe. Image from WikiMedia Commons: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ugaritic_inscription_on_an_axe.jpg This article from the Jewish Daily Forward (New York) looks at how the ancient language Ugaritic (written in cuneiform characters) was decoded and how scholars noted its linguistic similarities to other Semitic languages of the ancient Near East, such as Phoenician and Biblical-era Hebrew Click here to read the article in Forward    If you want to follow “Philologos’s’”  recommendation and

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Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica – July 2013

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|July 31, 2013|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica|0 comments

Ancient Near Eastern civilizations Excavations at Tel Beth-Shean, 1989-1996 (Vol. 3 & Vol.4) Ebla and its landscape / edited by Paolo Malthiae & Nicolò Marchetti  Aspetti del sistema preposizionale dell’eblaita / Maria Vittoria Tonietti. The world of the Neo-Hittite kingdoms: a political and military history / Trevor Bryce. Linguistics studies in Phoenician: in memory of J. Brian Peckham / edited by Robert D. Holmstedt and Aaron Schade. The elements of

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Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica – June 2013

By Emma Wilson-Shaw|July 2, 2013|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica|0 comments

Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations Iron Age hieroglyphic Luwian inscriptions / by Annick Payne. Administrative Ur III texts in the British Museum / Marcel Sigrist, Tohru Ozaki  The photographs of the American Palestine Exploration Society / [compiled] by Rachel Hallote, Felicity Cobbing, and Jeffrey B. Spurr. Beyond Hatti : a tribute to Gary Beckman / edited by Billie Jean Collins and Piotr Michalowski. A glossary of Hurrian and Kassite / Arnaud

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