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1.1.1 Bijbelse Archeologie / Umwelt

   
The Clay Sanskrit Library
T.B.56 Volume-set
New York UP, 2011, geb, € 650.00, 9780814717431
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Adams, R.B. (ed.)
Jordan: An Archaeological Reader
Equinox, 2008, pap, 578 pp, € 42.95, 9781845530372
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Albertz, Rainer
Religionsgeschichte Israels in alttestamentlicher Zeit, 1: Von den Anfangen bis zum Ende der Konigszeit
Grundrisse zum Alten Testament, ATD 8/1, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1996, pap, 373 pp, € 38.50, 9783525516713
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Algaze, G.
The Uruk World System. The Dynamics of Expansion of Early Mesopotamian Civilization
Most archaeologists and historians of the ancient Near East have focused on the internal transformations that led to the emergence of early cities and states. In "The Uruk World System," Guillermo Algaze concentrates on the unprecedented and wide-ranging process of external expansion that coincided with the rapid initial crystallization of Mesopotamian civilization. In this extensive study, he contends that the rise of early Sumerian polities cannot be understood without also taking into account the developments in surrounding peripheral areas. This new edition includes a substantial new chapter that explores recent data and interpretations of the expansion of Uruk settlements across Syro-Mesopotamia.
Chicago UP, 2005, pap, 190 pp, € 41.25, 9780226013824
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Alpert, B. & F. Alpert
Archaeology and the Biblical Record
In the 6th century BCE, Jerusalem and Judea were destroyed by the Babylonians. This traumatic event created the need to construct and articulate a comprehensive past that would give meaningful context to the identity of the Israelites. New modes of communal organization and worship during this period formed the foundation of Second Temple Jerusalem and early Christianity. Readers will be able to revisit familiar Bible stories and reach a better understanding of these events through the lens of modern archaeology. Archaeology and the Biblical Record challenges traditional views of the scripture while respecting the religious sensitivities of the reader.

This bold text invites both Jewish and Christian biblical scholars to rethink basic assumptions and reformulate their instructional methods. Accessible and concise, this fresh look at Bible history is written for teachers, members of the clergy, and general readers, providing answers to the many historical dilemmas confronted in the course of studying the Bible. Please visit www.factorfictionthebible.com for more information.

University Press of America, 2012, pap, 91 pp, € 23.00, 9780761858355
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Arbel, Yoav
Ultimate Devotion. The Historical Impact and Archeological Expression of Intense Religious Movements
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Religion has always been an effective tool for the solidification of governments' legitimacy. Yet in the hands of dissenting zealots faith and ritual became powerful means for mass social mobilization for the shattering of traditional social orders. From the viewpoint of the rebel-zealot the destruction of the political system and its institutions was a pre-condition for the forthcoming regency of God. Repercussions were traumatic, often catastrophic. This book differs from previous studies in its examination of religious extremism through combined historical, archaeological and anthropological lenses. In doing so, central methodological aspects of textual and artifact-based research are analyzed, with an emphasis on extreme religious-ideological perspectives.A distinct cross-cultural perspective is provided through a presentation of several intense religious movements from various historical backgrounds, between which there was no influence exchange, yet all strikingly similar in emergence, following, process and outcome. The earliest case, the first Jewish revolt against Rome (66-73 CE) is discussed in particular detail in association with a new archaeological methodology for the examination of intense socio-religious movements. Overall, this book combines historical and archaeological evidence with anthropological theory to produce a previously untested model of religion-inspired mass action that ripened into short-lived events with history-altering repercussions.

Approaches to Anthropological Archeology, Equinox Publishing, 2009, geb, 206 pp, € 72.50, 9781845532260
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Arnold, D.
The Monuments of Egypt. An A-Z Companion to Ancient Egyptian Architecture
I. B. Tauris, 2009, pap, € 22.50, 9781848850422
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Ascalone, E.
Mesopotamia: Assyrians, Sumerians, Babylonians
This beautifully illustrated guide to the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia, the region between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, is the perfect companion for travelers and armchair travelers alike. It provides a concise survey of three ancient cultures that have often been misunderstood, both because of Biblical and neoclassical traditions, and because of twentieth- and twenty-first-century events. Lavishly illustrated in full color on every page, the book is arranged topically to cover the broad areas of life, such as people, politics, religion, the world of the dead, and important places and monuments. The text emphasizes the archaeological and literary evidence pertaining to Mesopotamia during the period before the arrival of Alexander the Great, beginning with the written sources, including the list of Sumerian kings and the epic of Gilgamesh, and continuing with the major personages, such as the Akkadian monarchy from Sargon through Nabonedo. The book also brings together the principal Mesopotamian works of art that have been dispersed in museums worldwide - notably the materials from the Baghdad Museum that were damaged or lost in the present war. Packed with information, images, maps, diagrams, and reconstructions, "Mesopotamia" is the perfect companion to an important ancient civilization.
Dictionaries of Civilization, California UP, 2007, pap, 368 pp, € 28.50, 9780520252660
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Assman, J.
Stein und Zeit. Mensch und Gesellschaft im alten Agypten
Wilhelm Fink, 2003, geb, 335 pp, € 42.50, 9783770526819
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Assman, J.
Theologie und Weisheit im alten Agypten
Wilhelm Fink, 2005, pap, 188 pp, € 31.50, 9783770540693
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Assmann, J.
Of God and Gods, Egypt, Israel, and the Rise of Monotheism
BY ORDER
Wisconsin UP, 2008, pap, 197 pp, € 32.50, 9780299225544
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Athas, George
The Tel Dan Inscription. A Reappreasal and a New Interpretation
The first book-length treatment of the most important, and controversial, inscription found in Israel in recent years. The inscription contains a possible mention of the name 'David' and is thought by many scholars to verify the existence of this king. Contains a full account of the discovery, epigraphic analysis, palaeographical analysis, possible arrangement of the three fragments discovered, textual analysis and historical commentary. It is more thorough in each of these treatments than any preceding discussion, and reviews all of the major theories about the inscription, with a well-considered conclusion.
Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series, T & T Clark, 2005, pap, 331 pp, € 67.50, 9780567040435
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Bagnall, R.S.
The Oxford Handbook of Papyrology
Thousands of texts, written over a period of three thousand years on papyri and potsherds, in Egyptian, Greek, Latin, Aramaic, Hebrew, Persian, and other languages, have transformed our knowledge of many aspects of life in the ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern worlds. The Oxford Handbook of Papyrology provides an introduction to the world of these ancient documents and literary texts, ranging from the raw materials of writing to the languages used, from the history of papyrology to its future, and from practical help in reading papyri to frank opinions about the nature of the work of papyrologists. This volume, the first major reference work on papyrology written in English, takes account of the important changes experienced by the discipline within especially the last thirty years. Including new work by twenty-seven international experts and more than one hundred illustrations, The Oxford Handbook of Papyrology will serve as an invaluable guide to the subject.
Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History, Oxford UP, 2011, pap, 712 pp, € 44.90, 9780199843695
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Baker, D.D.
The Encyclopaedia of the Pharaohs, Vol1, Predynastic to the Twentieth Dynasty 3300 - 1069 BC
A comprehensive guide to the known rulers of ancient Egypt from 3300-1069 BC Includes an alphabetized list of all known pharaohs through the Twentieth Dynasty. Each entry includes: a brief biography of the reign; tomb location and number (if known); location of known mummies; chief consorts (if known); hieroglyphs and transliterations of each form of the pharaoh's name; pertinent biographical references. In addition, the encyclopedia contains a glossary of commonly-used terms, an index of Grecianized names and variant spellings, a list of apocryphal kings of the Fourteenth Dynasty, the royal titulary, and a chronological king list by dynasty.
Stacey International, geb, 587 pp, € 59.95, 9781905299379
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Bingen, J.
Hellenistic Egypt. Monarchy, Society, Economy, Culture
Edinburgh UP, 2007, pap, 328 pp, € 34.90, 9780748615797
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Black, J., G. Cunningham ,E.Robson & G.Zolyomi (eds)
The Literature of Ancient Sumer
Oxford UP, 2006, pap, 440 pp, € 51.00, 9780199296330
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Bottero, J.
Religion in Ancient Mesopotamia
Jean Bottero is the emeritus director of l'ecole Pratique des Hautes etudes, quatrieme section, Paris. He is the author of "The Oldest Cuisine in the World: Cooking in Mesopotamia; Mesopotamia: Writing, Reasoning, and the Gods," and coauthor of "Ancestor of the West: Writing, Reasoning, and Religion in the Ancient Near East," all published by the University of Chicago Press.
Chicago UP, 2004, pap, 246 pp, € 21.50, 9780226067186
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Bottero, J., C. Herrenschmidt & J.-P. Vernant
Ancestor of the West. Writing, Reasoning, and Religion in Mesopotamia, Elam, and Greece
With "Ancestor of the West", three distinguished French historians reveal the story of the birth of writing and reason, demonstrating how the logical and religious structures of Near Eastern and Mesopotamian cultures served as precursors to those of the West.
Chicago Press, 2003, pap, 192pp, € 18.00, 9780226067162
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Bryce, T.
The World of the Neo-Hittite Kingdoms: A Political and Military History
In the early 12th century, the Late Bronze Age Hittite empire collapsed during a series of upheavals which swept the Greek and Near Eastern worlds. In the subsequent Iron Age, numerous cities and states emerged in south-eastern Anatolia and northern Syria, which are generally known today as the 'Neo-Hittite kingdoms'. Bryce's volume gives an account of the military and political history of these kingdoms, moving beyond the Neo-Hittites themselves to the broader Near Eastern world and the states which dominated it during the Iron Age. Divided into three sections, The World of Neo-Hittite Kingdoms looks at the last decades of the empire and the features of these kingdoms and their subsequent treatment under their Anatolian successors. Through a closer look at the individual Neo-Hittite kingdoms and their rulers and a comparison with the contemporary Aramaean states and the other kingdoms of the age - notably the Neo-Assyrian empire - it concludes with a historical synthesis of the Neo-Hittites when the last kingdom was absorbed into the Assyrian provincial administration.
Oxford UP, 2012, geb, 384 pp, € 102.50, 9780199218721
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Bryce, Trevor
Life and Society in the Hittite World
In dealing with a wide range of aspects of the life, activities, and customs of the Late Bronze Age Hittite world, this book complements the treatment of Hittite military and political history presented by the author in The Kingdom of the Hittites (OUP, 1998). It aims to convey to the reader a sense of what it was like to live amongst the people of the Hittite world, to participate in their celebrations, to share their crises, to meet them in the streets of the capital or in their homes, to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of a healing ritual, to attend an audience with the Great King, and to follow his progress in festival processions to the holy places of the Hittite land. Through quotations from the original sources and through the word pictures to which these give rise, the book aims at recreating, as far as is possible, the daily lives and experiences of a people who for a time became the supreme political and military power in the ancient Near East.
Oxford UP, 2004, pap, 312 pp, € 47.50, 9780199275885
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Burns, R.
The Monuments of Syria. A Guide. New and Updated Edition
I.B. Tauris, 2009, pap, 370 pp, € 21.50, 9781845119478
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Charpin, D.
Writing, Law and Kingship in Old Babylonian Mesopotamia
Ancient Mesopotamia, the fertile crescent between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in what is now western Iraq and eastern Syria, is considered to be the cradle of civilization - home of the Babylonian and Assyrian empires, as well as the great Code of Hammurabi. The Code was only part of a rich juridical culture from 2200 to 1600 BCE that saw the invention of writing and the development of its relationship to law, among other remarkable firsts. Though ancient history offers inexhaustible riches, Dominique Charpin focuses here on the legal systems of Old Babylonian Mesopotamia and offers considerable insight into how writing and the law evolved together to forge the principles of authority, precedent, and documentation that dominate us to this day. As legal codes throughout the region evolved through advances in cuneiform writing, kings and governments were able to stabilize their control over distant realms and impose a common language - which gave rise to complex social systems overseen by magistrates, judges, and scribes that eventually became the vast empires of history books. Sure to attract any reader with an interest in the ancient Near East, as well as rhetoric, legal history, and classical studies, this book is an innovative account of the intertwined histories of law and language.
Translated by J. M. Todd, Chicago UP, 2010, geb, 200 pp, € 49.90, 9780226101583
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Charpin, D. (trans. Jean Marie Todd)
Reading and Writing in Babylon
B2484
Harvard UP, 2010, geb, 315 pp, € 32.50, 9780674049680
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Chen, Y. S.
The Primeval Flood Catastrophe Origins and Early Development in Mesopotamian Traditions
Previous research on Mesopotamian Flood traditions tended to focus on a few textual sources. How the traditions originated and developed as a whole has not been seriously investigated. By systematically examining a large body of relevant cuneiform sources of diverse genres from the Early Dynastic III period (ca. 2600-2350 B.C.) to the end of the first millennium B.C., this book observes that it is during the Old Babylonian period (ca. 2000-1600) and classical attestations of the Flood traditions are found. On linguistic, conceptual and literary-historical grounds, the book argues that the Flood traditions emerged relatively late in Sumerian traditions. It traces different evolutionary stages of the Flood traditions, from the emergence of the Flood motif within the socio-political and cultural contexts of the early Isin dynasty (ca. 2017-1896 B.C.), to the diverse mythological representations of the motif in literary traditions, to the historicisation of the motif in chronography, and finally to the interactions between various strands of the Flood traditions and other Mesopotamian literary traditions, such as Sumerian and Babylonian compositions about Gilgames.

By uncovering the processes through which the Flood traditions were constructed, the book offers a valuable case study on the complex and dynamic relationship between myth-making, the development of literature, the rise of historical consciousness and historiography, and socio-political circumstances in the ancient world. The origins and development of the Flood traditions examined in the book, furthermore, represent one of the best documented examples illustrating the continuities and changes in Mesopotamian intellectual, linguistic, literary, socio-political and religious history over the course of two and a half millennia.

Oxford Oriental Monographs, Oxford UP, 2013, geb, 314 pp, € 118.50, 9780199676200
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Cline, E. H.
Biblical Archaeology
B1918.
Very Short Introductions, Oxford UP, 2009, pap, 156 pp, € 11.90, 9780195342635
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Coogan, Michael D.
A Reader of Ancient Near Eastern Texts: Sources for the Study of the Old Testament
In A Reader of Ancient Near Eastern Texts: Sources for the Study of the Old Testament, leading biblical scholar Michael D. Coogan presents a collection of texts that introduce students to the larger world surrounding the Old Testament. Dating from the third millennium BCE to the turn of the era, the readings have been carefully selected from the most accurate sources and arranged by genre and place of origin. They provide historical correlations to people and events mentioned in the Bible; parallels to biblical genres, motifs, institutions, and concepts; and windows into the lives of ordinary people. The texts are enhanced by chapter and reading introductions, extensive biblical references, and illustrations.
Oxford UP, 2013, pap, 214 pp, € 27.50, 9780195324921
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Davies, G.
The Schweich Lectures and Biblical Archaeology
The first Schweich Lectures were given by Professor S. R. Driver of Oxford University in 1908 and the British Academy celebrated the centenary of the lectures with a single lecture given by Professor Davies in 2008. This book is an amplified version of that lecture, with each of its three chapters developing a theme relevant to the occasion. The Lectures, on aspects of the study of antiquity in its relationship to the Bible, were established by a gift from Constance Schweich (later Mrs Goetze) in memory of her late father, Leopold Schweich. The first chapter brings together biographical information (including some previously unpublished documents) about the Schweichs, who were an originally German Jewish family with close connections to the distinguished chemist and industrialist Ludwig Mond. The donation was the first major benefaction received by the British Academy, which had been founded in 1901 but initially had no Government funding, and the second chapter uses archival and published sources to reconstruct the circumstances and the history of the lectureship. An Appendix lists the names of all the lecturers, their subjects and details of the publication of their lectures. The final chapter, 'Archaeology and the Bible - A Broken Link?', examines broader questions about 'biblical archaeology' which arose in the later twentieth century, in the light of developments in archaeological theory and biblical scholarship, and considers whether there is still a future for collaboration between the two disciplines. The volume provides a glimpse into Jewish philanthropy in England in the Edwardian era and a critical assessment of the changing relationship between archaeology and biblical studies down to the present day.
Oxford UP, 2011, geb, 69 pp, € 29.50, 9780197264874
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Davies, Philip R.
In Search of Ancient Israel
Sheffield Academic Press, 2003, pap, 164 pp, € 28.50, 9781850757375
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Davies, P.R.
Memories of Ancient Israel. An Introduction to Biblical History Ancient and Modern
WJK Press, 2008, pap, 182 pp, € 24.95, 9780664232887
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Davis, T.W.
Shifting Sands. The Rise and Fall of Biblical Archeology
Oxford UP, 2004, geb, 174 pp, € 31.50, 0195167104
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Day, J. (ed.)
In Search of Pre-Exilic Israel, Proceedings of the Oxford Old Testament Seminar
by order
Journal For the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series, T&T Clark, 2004, pap, 432 pp, € 42.50, 0567082067 / 9780567082060
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Dever, W.G.
Did God Have a Wife? Archaeology and Folk Religion in Ancient Israel
Eerdmans, 2008, pap, 344 pp, € 16.50, 9780802863942
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Dever, W.G.
The Lives of Ordinary People in Ancient Israel. Where Archaeology and the Bible Intersect
In this book William Dever addresses the question that must guide every good historian of ancient Israel: What was life really like in those days?

He presents his answers in a book that is far from a run-of-the-mill "history of Israel." Writing as an expert archaeologist who is also a secular humanist, Dever relies on archaeological data, over and above the Hebrew Bible, for primary source material. He focuses on the lives of ordinary people in the eighth century B.C.E. - not kings, priests, or prophets - people who left behind rich troves of archaeological information but who are practically invisible in "typical" histories of ancient Israel. Illustrated by photos, maps, charts, site plans, and specially commissioned drawings, Dever's work brings vividly to life a world too long buried beneath dusty texts and stony landscapes.

Eerdmans, 2012, pap, 435 pp, € 27.00, 9780802867018
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Dever, W.G.
Who Were the Early Israelites and Where Did they Come From
Eerdmans Publishing, 2003, geb, 268pp, € 29.00, 9780802809759
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Dever, W.G.
Who Were the Early Israelites and Where Did They Come From?
Eerdmans, 2006, pap, 280 pp, € 26.95, 9780802844163
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Doak, B.R.
The Last of the Rephaim. Conquest and Cataclysm in the Heroic Ages of Ancient Israel
The figure of the giant has haunted the literatures of the ancient Mediterranean world, from the Greek Gigantomachy and other Aegean epic literatures to the biblical contexts of the ancient Near East.

In The Last of the Rephaim, Brian Doak argues that the giants of the Hebrew Bible are a politically, theologically, and historiographically generative group, and through their oversized bodies, readers gain insight into central aspects of Israel's symbolic universe. All that is overgrown or physically monstrous represents a connection to primeval chaos, and stands as a barrier to creation and right rule. Giants thus represent chaos-fear, and their eradication is a form of chaos maintenance by both human and divine agents. Doak argues that these biblical traditions participate in a broader Mediterranean conversation regarding giants and the end of the heroic age--a conversation that inevitably draws the biblical corpus into a discussion of the function of myth and epic in the ancient world, with profound implications for the politics of monotheism and monarchy in ancient Israel.

Ilex Foundation Series 7, Harvard UP, 2012, pap, 288 pp, € 20.95, 9780674066731
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Dobbs-Allsopp, F.W. e.a. (eds.)
Hebrew Inscriptions. Texts from the Biblical Period of the Monarchy with Concordance
by order / te bestellen
Yale UP, 2005, geb, 804 pp, € 100.90, 0300103972 / 9780300103977
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Dunand, F. & C. Zivie-Coche
Gods and Men in Egypt. 3000 BCE to 395 CE
Cornell UP, 2004, geb, 378 pp, € 44.00, 080144165x
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Fant, C.E. and Reddish, M. G.
Lost Treasures of the Bible, Understanding the Bible through Archeological Artifacts in World Museums
Eerdmans Publishing, 2009, pap, 471 pp, € 21.50, 9780802828811
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Faust, Avraham
Israel's Ethnogenesis. Settlement, Interaction, Expansion and Resistance
The emergence of Israel in Canaan is perhaps the most debated topic in biblical/Syro-Palestinian archaeology, and related fields. Accordingly, it has received a great deal of attention in recent years, both in scholarly literature and in popular publications. Generally speaking, however, the archaeology of ancient Israel is wedged in a paradoxical situation. Despite the large existing database of archaeological finds (from thousands of excavations conducted over an extremely limited area) scholars in this (sub)discipline typically do not engage in "theoretical" (anthropological) discussions, thus exposing a large gap between it and other branches of archaeology, in this respect. Numerous 'archaeologically oriented' studies of Israelite ethnicity are still conducted largely in the spirit of the 'culture history school', and are absent of thorough reference to the work of more recent critics, which, at best, make a selected appearance in these analyses."Israel's Ethnogenesis" provides an "anthropologically-oriented" perspective to the discussion of Israel's ethnogenesis. The book traces Israel's emergence in Canaan, and the complex processes of ethnic negotiations and re-negotiations that accompanied it. This monograph incorporates detailed archaeological data and relevant textual sources, within an anthropological framework. Moreover, it contributes to the 'archaeology of ethnicity', a field which currently attracts significant attention of archaeologists and anthropologists all over the world. Making use of an unparalleled archaeological database from ancient Israel, this volume has much to offer to the ongoing debate over the nature of ethnicity in general, and to the understudied question of how ethnic groups evolve (ethnogenesis), in particular.
Approaches to Anthropological Archaeology, Acumen, 2008, pap, 288 pp, € 41.95, 9781845534561
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Finkelstein, I., N.A. Silberman
The Bible Unearthed. Archeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of its Sacred Texts
Touchstone Press, 2002, pap, 400 pp, € 16.95, 9780684869131
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Finkelstein, Israel
Das vergessene Konigreich. Israel und die verborgenen Ursprunge der Bibel.
Israel Finkelstein beschreibt in seinem bahnbrechenden Buch die Geschichte des Konigreichs Israel konsequent aus archaologischer Sicht. In diesem vom 10. bis zum 8. Jahrhundert v. Chr. bestehenden, von der Bibel als sundig verworfenen und von der Forschung vergessenen Reich findet er die wahren Ursprunge von zentralen biblischen Erzahlungen. Fur die Bibel waren die Konige von Israel treulose Sunder im Gegensatz zu den Konigen von Juda. Das hat dazu gefuhrt, dass man vom Konigreich Israel uber die biblische Sicht hinaus wenig wess.

Israel Finkelstein rekonstruiert auf der Grundlage von jahrzehntelangen Ausgrabungen erstmals dessen wahre Geschichte. Dabei zeigt sich das uberraschende Bild eines altorientalischen Reiches, das viel weiter entwickelt war als das sudlich angrenzende Konigreich Juda mit seiner Hauptstadt Jerusalem. Hier, in Israel, standen in Wirklichkeit der Palast und der Tempel, die spater den legendaren Konigen David und Salomo zugeschrieben wurden. Hier entstanden so zentrale Erzahlungen wie die vom Stammvater Jakob oder vom Auszug aus Agypten. Dass dieses Konigreich erobert, verworfen und vergessen wurde, aber sein Name und seine Mythen schliesslich um die Welt gingen, ist das eigentliche Wunder, das Israel Finkelstein hochst anschaulich erklart.

Beck, 2014, geb, 234 pp, € 26.50, 9783406669606
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Foster, B. & Polinger Foster, K.
Civilizations of Ancient Iraq
by order
Princeton UP, 2009, geb, 295pp, € 25.95, 9780691137223
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Foster, B.R. & K. Pollinger Foster
Civilizations of Ancient Iraq
by order
Princeton UP, 2011, pap, 312 pp, € 17.50, 9780691137223
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Frahm, E. and Michael Jursa
Neo-Babylonian Letters and Contracts from the Eanna Archive
Yale UP, 2011, pap, 192 pp, € 109.95, 9780300169591
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Frendo, A. J.
Pre-Exilic Israel, the Hebrew Bible, and Archaeology. Integrating Text and Artefact
The nature of historical and archaeological research is such that biblical and archaeological evidence should both be taken into account so that we can attain a more reliable reconstruction of ancient Israel. Nowadays we are faced with numerous reconstructions which are very often diametrically opposed to each other owing to the different assumptions of scholars. An examination of certain issues of epistemology in the current climate of postmodernism, shows that the latter is self-defeating when it claims that we cannot attain any true knowledge about the past. Illustrations are taken from the history of pre-exilic Israel; however, the indissoluble unity of text and artefact is made clearer and more concrete through a detailed case study about the location of the house of Rahab as depicted in Joshua 2: 15, irrespective of whether this text is historical or not. Text and artefact should work hand in hand even when narratives turn out to be fictional, since thus there emerges a clearer picture of the external world which the author would have had in mind.
T&T Clark Library of Bibilical Studies, T&T Clark, 2011, geb, 120 pp, € 83.50, 9780567415639
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Goerg, M.
Ein Haus im Totenreich. Jenseitsvorstellungen in Israel und Aegypten
Patmos, 1998, geb, 200 pp, € 13.00, 3491723981 / 9783491723986
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Grabbe, L.L.
Israel in Transition. From Late Bronze II to Iron IIa (c. 1250 - 850 B.C.E.) The Texts, vol 2
B2569
Library of Hebrew Bible / Old Testament Studies 521, T&T Clark, 2010, geb, 260 pp, € 87.50, 9780567649485
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Grabbe, L.L.
Israel in Transition. From Late Bronze II to Iron IIa (c. 1250 - 850 B.C.E.), vol 1, The Archeology
Library of Hebrew Bible / Old Testament Studies 491, T&T Clark, 2008, geb, 239 pp, € 92.00, 9780567027269
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Hamblin, W.J. & D.R. Seely
De tempel van Salomo
Altamira-Becht, 2007, pap, 224 pp, € 29.95, 9789069637761
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Harrington, N.
Living with the Dead. Ancestor Worship and Mortuary Ritual in Ancient Egypt
Living with the Dead presents a detailed analysis of ancestor worship in Egypt, using a diverse range of material, both archaeological and anthropological, to examine the relationship between the living and the dead.

Iconography and terminology associated with the deceased reveal indistinct differences between the blessedness and malevolence and that the potent spirit of the dead required constant propitiation in the form of worship and offerings. A range of evidence is presented for mortuary cults that were in operation throughout Egyptian history and for the various places, such as the house, shrines, chapels and tomb doorways, where the living could interact with the dead.

The private statue cult, where images of individuals were venerated as intermediaries between people and the Gods is also discussed. Collective gatherings and ritual feasting accompanied the burial rites with separate, mortuary banquets serving to maintain ongoing ritual practices focusing on the deceased. Something of a contradiction in attitudes is expressed in the evidence for tomb robbery, the reuse of tombs and funerary equipment and the ways in which communities dealt with the death and burial of children and others on the fringe of society.

Oxbow, 2012, pap, 208 pp, € 52.50, 9781842174937
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Hoffmeier, J.K. & A. Miljard (eds)
The Future of Biblical Archaeology. Reassesing Methodologies and Assumptions
Eerdmans, 2004, pap, 385 pp, € 28.40, 0802821731
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Holland, G.S.
Gods in the desert. Religions of the Ancient East
Rowman & Littlefield, 2009, geb, 309 pp, € 32.75, 9780742562264
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Hornung, E.
Over de Oudegyptische Denkwereld
te bestellen
Egyptologica 2, Peeters, 1995, pap, 262 pp, € 22.50, 9068316982 / 9789068316988
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Hunger, H. en David Pingree
Astral Sciences in Mesopotamia
Astronomy and astrology, or the astral sciences, played an enormous, if not key role in the political and religious life of the Ancient Near East, and of the Greek and Roman world. This text provides a comprehensive account of the origins of the astral sciences in the Ancient Near East. Every type of Sumerian or Akkadian text dealing with descriptive or mathematical astronomy, including many individual tablets are thoroughly dealt with. It also features descriptions of astronomical contents, an explanation of their scientific meaning, and the place a given genre or tablet has in the development of astronomy both within the Mesopotamian culture and outside of it.
Handbook of Oriental Studies, V. 44, Brill, 1999, 350 pp, geb, € 141.00, 9789004101272
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Joannes, F.
The Age of Empires. Mesopotamia in the First Millennium BC
This is a concise introduction to the history of the ancient Near East during the last millennium bc: Phoenicia, Palestine, the Neo-Assyrian and Neo-Babylonian empires, the Persian Achaemenid empire, the empire of Alexander, and the vast Persian Seleucid empire founded by Seleucus around 300 bc and defeated by Pompey for Rome in 64 bc. The book focuses on political history, on the sources and shifts of power and the individuals who wielded it. It also introduces the student to the principal aspects of the religious, social and economic history of the region. The narrative is succinct, backed up by summary tables and maps, and enlivened by lengthy quotations from contemporary documents. The latter are frequently used to illustrate specific case studies. The book ends with a chronology and glossary, as well as an adapted further reading list.
Edinburgh UP, 2004, pap, 292 pp, € 40.00, 9780748617562
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Johnston, S.I.(ed)
Religions of the Ancient World. A Guide
illustrated, large format, expansive&comparative perspective
Belknap Harvard UP, 2004, geb, 697 pp, € 54.99, 0674015177
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Korpel, Marjo, Johannes de Moor
Adam, Eva en de Duivel, kanaanitische mythen en de Bijbel
Aan het bijbelse paradijsverhaal liggen Kanaanitische mythen ten grondslag. Oude kleitabletten uit Ugarit, een vergane stad in het voormalige Kanaan, bevatten een oerversie van het verhaal van Adam en Eva. Samen met andere oudoosterse mythen droegen zij bij aan de vorming van de bijbelse verhalen over schepping, paradijs en zondvloed. De nauwe verwantschap tussen de Kanaanitische en bijbelse verhaaltradities laat zich niet alleen in de taal zien, maar ook in de gedeelde naam voor de scheppergod (El), in de beschrijving van het paradijs, de ligging van de tuin van Eden op een berg, en de val van een slechte engel in de oertijd (de val van Satan). Hoewel de overeenkomsten groot zijn, maakten de bijbelschrijvers hun eigen, scherpe keuzes. In de bijbelse tekst wordt de mens zelf verantwoordelijk voor de keuze tussen goed en kwaad. Niet langer is de mens een speelbal van de goden. Adam, Eva en de Duivel toont de fascinerende overeenkomsten en verschillen. Dr. Marjo Korpel is universitair hoofddocent Oude Testament aan de Protestantse Theologische Universiteit, vestiging Groningen. Prof. dr. Johannes de Moor is emeritus hoogleraar Semitische Talen en Culturen aan de Protestantse Theologische Universiteit. Korpel en De Moor schreven eerder het veelgeprezen De zwijgende God
Skandalon, 2016, pap, 324 pp, € 29.95, 9789492183293
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Launderville, D.
Piety and Politics. The Dynamics of Royal Authority in Homeric Greece, Biblical Israel, and Old Babylonian Mesopotamia
Ancient kings who did not honor the gods overlooked an indispensable means for ruling effectively in their communities. In many traditional societies royal authority was regarded as a divine gift bestowed according to the quality of the relationship of the king both to God or the gods and to the people. The tension and the harmony within these human and divine relationships demanded that the king repeatedly strive to integrate the community's piety with his political strategies. This fascinating study explores the relationship between religion and royal authority in three of history's most influential civilizations: Homeric Greece, biblical Israel, and Old Babylonian Mesopotamia. Dale Launderville identifies similar, contrasting, and analogous ways that piety functioned in these distinct cultures to legitimate the rule of particular kings and promote community well-being. Key to this religiopolitical dynamic was the use of royal rhetoric, which necessarily took the form of political theology. By examining a host of ancient texts and drawing on the insights of philosophers, poets, historians, anthropologists, social theorists, and theologians, Launderville shows how kings increased their status the more they demonstrated through their speech and actions that they ruled on behalf of God or the gods. Launderville's work also sheds light on a number of perennial questions about ancient political life. How could the people call the king to account? Did the people forfeit too much of their freedom and initiative by giving obedience to a king who symbolized their unity as a community? How did the religious traditions serve as a check on the king's power and keep alive the voice of the people? This study in comparative political theology elucidates these engaging concerns from multiple perspectives, making "Piety and Politics" of interest to readers in fields ranging from biblical studies and theology to ancient history and political science
Eerdmans, 2003, geb, 407pp, € 64.00, 9780802839947
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Leeming, D.
Jealous Gods & Chosen People. The Mythology of the Middle East
Oxford UP, 2005, pap, 150 pp, € 13.50, 9780195182521
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Leeming, David
Jealous Gods Chosen People: The Mythology of the Middle East
University of Connecticut, 2004, Geb, 160 pp, € 14.00, 9780195147896
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Leick, G. (ed.)
The Babylonian World
Routledge, 2009, pap, 616 pp, € 38.50, 9780415497831
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Leick, Gwendolyn
Who is Who in the Ancient Near East
What do we know of the real Nebuchadnezzar? Was there an historical precedent for the mythical Gilgamesh? Who were the Hittites? When did Isaiah preach? How did Jezebel get her reputation?

These and many more questions are answered in this fascinating survey of the people who inhabited the Near East between the twenty-fifth and the second centuries BC. From Palestine to Iran and from Alexander the Great to Zechariah, Who's Who in the Ancient Near East presents a unique and comprehensive reference guide for all those with an interest in the ancient history of the area. A comprehesive glossary, chronological charts, maps and bibliographical information complement the biographical entries.

Who is Who, Routledge, 1999/2001, pap, 232 pp, € 24.00, 9780415132312
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Lemos, T.M.
Marriage Gifts and Social Change in Ancient Palestine. 1200 BCE to 200 CE
B2287
Cambridge UP, 2010, geb, 296 pp, € 68.50, 9780521113496
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Levy, T.E., Davis Alon (eds)
Archaeology, Anthropology and Cult. The Sanctuary at Gilat, Israel
Approaches to Anthropological Archaeology Series, Equinox, 2006, geb, 875 pp, € 206.00, 9781904768586
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Levy, T.E. & T. Higham (eds)
The Bible and Radiocarbon Dating. Archeology, Text and Science
Over the past several years, a number of Levantine archaeologists working on the Iron Age (ca. 1200 - 586 BCE) have begun to employ high precision radiocarbon dating to solve a wide range of chronological, historical and social issues. This is revolutionizing traditional 'Biblical Archaeology' which over the past several decades has been viewed as parochial. The incorporation of high precision radiocarbon dating methods and statistical modeling into the archaeological 'tool box' of the 'Biblical archaeologist' is revolutionizing the field. In fact, Biblical archaeology is leading the field of world archaeology in how archaeologists must deal with history, historical texts, and material culture. A great deal of debate has been generated by this new research direction in southern Levantine (Israel, Jordan, Palestinian territories, southern Lebanon & Syria, the Sinai) archaeology. This book takes the pulse of how archaeology, science-based research methods and the Bible interface at the beginning of the 21st century. The book brings together leading archaeologists, Egyptologists, Biblical scholars, radiocarbon dating specialists and other researchers who have embraced radiocarbon dating as a significant tool to test hypotheses concerning the historicity of aspects of the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible.
Equinox, 2006, pap, 450 pp, € 46.50, 9781845530570
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Levy, Thomas E. (ed)
Historical Biblical Archeology and the Future. The New Pragmatism
Van 41,95 voor 35,- Historical Biblical Archaeology and the Future reflects the major changes happening today in the historical archaeology of the Holy Land. Whereas traditional Biblical archaeology was a highly descriptive and subjective discipline, "Historical Biblical Archaeology and the Future" represents a fundamental paradigm shift brought about by the application of objective science-based dating methods, Geographic Information Systems, anthropological models, and an array of computer-based and digital technology tools. Today, "Historical Biblical Archaeology and the Future" can serve as a model for how researchers in other regions of the world can investigate the relationship between ancient texts (both sacred and profane) and the archaeological record. Examples include the Vedas and India, the Homeric legends and Greek Classical Archaeology, the Sagas and Icelandic archaeology, Islamic Archaeology and the Umayyad, Abbasid, and Ayyubid periods. In this book, over 20 noted archaeologists and Biblical scholars join together to answer a wide range of questions that bear on future research such as: What are the most important issues in Biblical archaeology to be researched now and in the near future? Why are Biblical archaeology, the Bible, and Ancient Jewish history important in the curriculum of universities in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and other parts of the world today and in the future? How should graduate students be trained to be professionals in the interdependent fields of archaeology and Biblical studies in the future? Using their own research projects, these scholars show how their work can be used to build a foundation for future research in Biblical archaeology, Ancient Jewish history and the Biblical studies.
Equinox, 2010, pap, 375 pp, € 35.00, 9781845532581
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Liverani, M.
Uruk. The First City
by order
BibleWorld Series, Equinox Publishers, 2006, pap, 97 pp, € 24.50, 1845531930 / 9781845531935
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Liverani, Mario
Israel's History and the History of Israel
One of Italy's foremost experts on antiquity addresses a new issue surrounding the birth of Israel and its historic reality. Many a tale has been told of ancient Israel, but all tales are alike in their quotation of the biblical story in its narrative scheme, despite its historic unreliability. This book completely rewrites the history of Israel through the evaluation of textual and literary critiques as well as archaeological and epigraphic findings. Conceived along the lines of modern historical methodology, it traces the textual material to the times of its creation, reconstructs the temporal evolution of political and religious ideologies, and firmly inserts the history of Israel into its ancient-oriental context.
Equinox, 2007, pap, 427 pp, € 41.95, 9781845533410
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Lloyd, A. B. (ed.)
A Companion to Ancient Egypt
Tb.
Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World, Wiley Blackwell, 2010, geb, set 2 delen, 1240 pp, € 254.50, 9781405155984
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Magness, Jodi
The Archaeology of the Holy Land. From the Destruction of Solomon's Temple to the Muslim Conquest
This book provides an introduction to the archaeology and history of ancient Palestine - modern Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian territories - from the destruction of Solomon's temple in 586 BCE to the Muslim conquest in 640 CE. Special attention is paid to the archaeology of Jerusalem and the Second Temple period, in the time of Herod the Great and Jesus. For each period, the book offers a historical background for the Mediterranean world and the ancient Near East, as well as the events in Palestine. Major sites such as Masada, Caesarea Maritima and Petra are examined in archaeological and historical detail, along with the material culture - coins, pottery, glass and stone vessels - of each period. This book provides a thorough overview of the archaeology of this historically vibrant part of the world.
Cambridge UP, 2012, pap, 385 pp, € 28.50, 9780521124133
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Manning, J. G.
Last Pharaohs: Egypt Under the Ptolemies, 305-30 BC
B1964
Princeton UP, 2009, geb, 282 pp, € 36.50, 9780691142623
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Meskell, L.
Private Life in New Kingdom Egypt
Princeton UP, 2004, pap, 238 pp, € 31.95, 9780691120584
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Mieroop, M. van de
A History of Ancient Egypt
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Blackwell History of the Ancient World, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, pap, 336 pp, € 31.95, 9781405160711
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Mieroop, M. v.d.
King Hammurabi of Babylon
Blackwell Ancient Lives, Blackwell Publishing, 2005, pap, 171 pp, € 38.95, 9781405126601
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Miller, R.D.
Chieftains of the Highland Clans: A History of Israel in the 12th and 11th Century B.C.
Eerdmans, 2005, pap, 186 pp, € 29.00, 9780802809889
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Noll, K.L.
Canaan and Israel in Antiquity: a Textbook on History and Religion
This comprehensive classic textbook represents the most recent approaches to the biblical world by surveying Palestine's social, political, economic, religious and ecological changes from Palaeolithic to Roman eras. Designed for beginners with little knowledge of the ancient world, and with copious illustrations and charts, it explains how and why academic study of the past is undertaken, as well as the differences between historical and theological scholarship and the differences between ancient and modern genres of history writing. Classroom tested chapters emphasize the authenticity of the Bible as a product of an ancient culture, and the many problems with the biblical narrative as a historical source. Neither "maximalist" nor "minimalist'" it is sufficiently general to avoid confusion and to allow the assignment of supplementary readings such as biblical narratives and ancient Near Eastern texts. This new edition has been fully revised, incorporating new graphics and English translations of Near Eastern inscriptions. New material on the religiously diverse environment of Ancient Israel taking into account the latest archaeological discussions brings this book right up to date.
Bloomsbury Academic, 2012, pap, 434 pp, € 47.95, 9780567204882
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Pfoh, E.
The Emergence of Israel in Ancient Palestine. Historical and Anthropological Perspectives
Copenhagen International Seminar, Equinox, 2009, geb, 236 pp, € 75.00, 9781845535292
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Plant, I. M. & B. C. Ockinga
Egyptian Religion: The Greek and Latin Sources in Translation
The study of Egyptian religion is a central aspect of the study of ancient Egyptian culture. Western interest in Egypian religion has a very long history that goes back to ancient Greece and Rome. This work is the first comprehensive collection of the Classical sources on ancient Egyptian religion in translation. Eighty authors are included; each text is introduced and accompanied by an historical commentary.
Equinox, 2012, pap, 416 pp, € 22.00, 9781845530327
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Pollock, S.
Ancient Mesopotamia
This book is an in-depth treatment of the antecedents and first florescence of early state and urban societies in the alluvial lowlands of Mesopotamia over nearly three millennia, from approximately 5000 to 2100 BC. Susan Pollock's approach is explicitly anthropological, and draws on contemporary theoretical perspectives to enrich our understanding of the ancient Mesopotamian past. It explores the ways people of different genders and classes contributed and responded to changes in political, economic, and ideological realms. The interpretations are based on studies of regional settlement patterns, faunal remains, artifact distributions and activity patterning, iconography, texts and burials.
Case Studies in Early Societies, 1, Cambridge UP, 1999, pap, 259 pp, € 32.95, 9780521575683
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Richardson, M.E.J.
Hammurabis Laws. Text, Translation and Glossary
Richardson supplies a new translation and transcription (which incorporates the most important manuscript variants) of the most famous of all ancient Mesopotamian texts. He also provides a complete lexical analysis of every word that is used in it. The edition covers the prologue and epilogue as well as the laws themselves. Students of the Bible, ancient Near Eastern law and general Semitics are now provided with an indispensable reference tool in a convenient form. The detailed information in the glossary, where the full context of every quotation is given, will also be a tremendous help to those who want to learn or revisit Akkadian. - See more at: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/hammurabis-laws-9780567081582/#sthash.jfkqWLri.dpuf
T&T Clark Academic Paperbacks, T&T Clark, 2004, pap, 423 pp, € 50.00, 9780567081582
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Rochberg, F.
The Heavenly Writing. Divination, Horoscopy, and Astronomy in Mesopotamian Culture
In antiquity, the expertise of the Babylonians in matters of the heavens was legendary and the roots of both western astronomy and astrology are traceable in cuneiform tablets going back to the second and first millennia BC. The Heavenly Writing discusses the place of Babylonian celestial divination, horoscopy, and astronomy in Mesopotamian intellectual culture. Focusing chiefly on celestial divination and horoscopes, it traces the emergence of personal astrology from the tradition of celestial divination and the use of astronomical methods in horoscopes. It further takes up the historiographical and philosophical issue of the nature of these Mesopotamian 'celestial sciences' by examining elements traditionally of concern to the philosophy of science, without sacrificing the ancient methods, goals, and interests to a modern image of science. This book will be of particular interest to those concerned with the early history of science.
Cambridge UP, 2004, geb, 331 pp, € 82.50, 9780521830102
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Rosen, S.A.
An Investigation into Early Desert Pastoralism. Excavations at the Camel Site, Negev
Negev focuses on two primary purposes, one theoretical/methodological and the second substantive. Briefly stated, the book comprises a case study of excavations at an early (ca. 2800 B.C.) pastoral site in the Negev, providing detailed analyses and a synthetic overview of a seasonal encampment from this early period in the evolution of desert pastoral societies.

It thus both demonstrates the feasibility of an archaeology of early mobile pastoralism and grapples with the basic anthropological and methodological issues surrounding the subject. Substantively, both the architectural and material culture assemblages uncovered constitute the first detailed analysis of this early desert culture and include materials previously unreported for the region and period. Historically, the Camel Site is placed in a larger perspective of the beginnings of multiresource nomadism in relation to the rise of complex societies.

Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, 2011, geb, 215 pp, € 36.50, 9781931745833
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Sanders, S.L.
The Invention of Hebrew
Traditions Series, Illinois UP, 2009, geb, 258 pp, € 48.90, 9780252032844
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Schneider, Th
Lexikon der Pharaonen. Die altaegytischen Koeninge van der Fruehzeit bis zur Roemerherrschaft
UITVERKOCHT
Artemis & Winkler, 1994, geb, 327 pp, € 20.00, 9783760811024
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Schneider, T.J.
An Introduction to Ancient Mesopotamian Religion
In her Introduction to Ancient Mesopotamian Religion Tammi J. Schneider offers readers a compact guide to the religion of the peoples living in the region of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers from the beginning of the Bronze Age to the time of Alexander the Great and Darius III. Drawing on extant texts, artifacts, and architecture, Schneider uncovers both an intriguing pantheon of deities -- including Marduk, Ishtar, and many others -- and the complex, fluid, and highly ritualized religious experience of the people who spent their lives serving and appeasing them.
William. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2011, pap, 146 pp, € 21.95, 9780802829597
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Shanks, H.
Jerusalem’s Temple Mount: From Solomon to the Golden Dome
Continuum, 2007, geb, 216 pp, € 29.50, 9780826428844
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Silverman, D.P.(ed.)
Ancient Egypt. Reference Classics
by order
Duncan Baird Publications, 2003, pap, 256pp, € 24.50, 9781904292432
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Smith, M.S.
God in Translation. Deities in Cross-Cultural Discourse in the Biblical World
Eerdmans, 2010, pap, 381 pp, € 37.50, 9780802864338
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Snell, D.C.
Religions of the Ancient Near East
This book is a history of religious life in the Ancient Near East from the beginnings of agriculture to Alexander the Great's invasion in the 300s BCE. Daniel C. Snell traces key developments in the history, daily life and religious beliefs of the people of Ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel and Iran. His research investigates the influence of those ideas on the West, with particular emphasis on how religious ideas from this historical and cultural milieu still influence the way modern cultures and religions view the world. Designed to be accessible to students and readers with no prior knowledge of the period, the book uses fictional vignettes to add interest to its material, which is based on careful study of archaeological remains and preserved texts. The book will provide a thoughtful summary of the Ancient Near East and includes a comprehensive bibliography to guide readers in further study of related topics.
Cambridge UP, 2011, pap, 179 pp, € 27.00, 9780521683364
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Soggin, J.A.
Israel in the Biblical Period. Institutions, Festivals, Ceremonies, Rituals.
Continuum, 2001, pap, 209 pp, € 54.95, 9780567088116
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Sparks, K.L.
Ancient Texts for the Study of the Hebrew Bible. A Guide to the Background Literature
Hendrickson Publishers, 2005, geb, 514 pp, € 39.25, 9781565634077
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Stavrakopoulou, F. & J. Barton (eds.)
Religious Diversity in Ancient Israel and Judah
B2194
T & T Clark, 2010, pap, 207pp, € 26.95, 9780567032164
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Stol, M.
Vrouwen van Babylon. Prinsessen, priesteressen, prostituees in de bakermat van de cultuur
Hoe leefden vrouwen toen, wat was hun plaats in de maatschappij, met welke gebruiken rond gezondheid en huwelijk hadden ze te maken?
De maatschappij van het oude Mesopotamië heeft onze godsdienst en cultuur diepgravend beïnvloed. Dat geldt ook voor de positie van de vrouwen. Vrouwen van Babylon geeft tal van doorkijkjes naar de actualiteit en de wereld van de Bijbel. Met tientallen illustraties.
Kok, 2012, pap, 496 pp, € 35.00, 9789043501507
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Taylor, J. H.
Egyptian Mummies
T.B.
Texas UP, 2011, pap, 160 pp, € 17.95, 9780292725867
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Thompson, Th. L.
The Mythic Past. Biblical Archeology and the Myth of Israel
Basic Books, 1999, pap, 412 pp, € 18.95, 9780465006496
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Vansteenhuyse, K.
Van Abraham tot Jezebel. Wat archeologie ons leert over de verhalen van de Bijbel
A2608
Omniboek / Davidsfonds, 2010, pap, 163 pp, € 27.50, 9789059776135
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Wellhausen, Julius
Israelitische und juedische Geschichte, 10. Auflage
This new 10th edition of Wellhausen's classic is a reprint of the 7th edition of 1914, the last to be published by Wellhausen, to which an epilogue by Rudolf Smend as well as comprehensive indexes have been added (including a listing of the literature quoted by Wellhausen).
De Gruyter Studienbuch, Walter de Gruyter, 2004, pap, 401 pp, € 32.50, 9783110174632
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Wilkinson, T. (ed.)
The Egyptian World
Tb
Routledge, 2009, pap, 592 pp, € 38.90, 9780415562959
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Williamson, H.G.M. (ed)
Understanding the History of Ancient Israel
BY ORDER
Proceedings of the British Academy 143, Oxford UP, 2007, geb, 432 pp, € 77.00, 9780197264010
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Wyattt, N.
The Mythic Mind. Essays on Cosmology and Religion in Ugaritic and Old Testament Literature
Bible World Series, Equinox Publishing, 2005, pap, 305 pp, € 39.50, 9781845530433
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Zevit, Ziony
The Religions of Ancient Israel. A Synthesis of Parallactic Approaches
This is the most far-reaching interdisciplinary investigation into the religion of ancient Israel ever attempted. The author draws on textual readings, archaeological and historical data and epigraphy to determine what is known about the Israelite religions during the Iron Age (1200-586 BCE). The evidence is synthesized within the structure of an Israelite worldview and ethos involving kin, tribes, land, traditional ways and places of worship, and a national deity. Professor Zevit has originated this interpretive matrix through insights, ideas, and models developed in the academic study of religion and history within the context of the humanities. He is strikingly original, for instance, in his contention that much of the Psalter was composed in praise of deities other than Yahweh. Through his book, the author has set a precedent which should encourage dialogue and cooperative study between all ancient historians and archaeologists, but particularly between Iron Age archaeologists and biblical scholars. The work challenges many conclusions of previous scholarship about the nature of the Israelites' religion
Continuum, 2003, pap, 848 pp, € 76.50, 9780826463395
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Zitman, Wim
Het Horus enigma. Ontdekking van de tijd in het oude Egypte
De Egyptenaren waren de ontdekkers van de kalender; de meest fundamentele en praktische toepassing van astronomie, door middel van observatie en vaststelling van de lengte van het Zonnejaar. Deze wetenschap beoefenden zij minstens al in het vijfde millennium voor Christus.

In de afgelopen eeuw hebben egyptologen en astronomen die theorie echter pertinent van tafel geveegd. Waarom zouden de Egyptenaren de wetmatigheid van hemelse verschijnselen zoals de cycli van sterren, zon, maan en planeten willen vastleggen? En hoe zouden ze dat dan gedaan hebben? Welke barrieres moesten zij daarvoor overwinnen? Volgens recente wetenschappers heeft de Egyptische sterrenkunde zelfs nooit bestaan. Maar hoe had onze beschaving eruit gezien zonder die oude Egyptenaren?

Astronomie blijkt zelfs het centrale thema van de Egyptische cultuur. Egyptenaren, die zichzelf zagen als zonen van Horus, ontwikkelden een alomvattend systeem: de kosmische orde, de samenhang tussen Hemel en Aarde. Wat boven is, is ook beneden. Egypte als spiegel van de kosmos. Ze brachten die samenhang zelfs letterlijk in beeld in het ontwerp van het Piramideveld. Maar ook in hun religie en tijdsbesef kwam die tot uitdrukking. Ze waren het eerste volk op aarde dat uren, dagen, maanden gebruikte en seizoenen en jaren kende.

Walburg Pers, 2009, 2009, 352 pp, € 29.50, 9789057306334
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