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The Ancient Word: New Discoveries in Religion and Language From the Biblical and Near Eastern World


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Ea’s Duplicity in the Gilgamesh Flood Story

Ea’s Duplicity in the Gilgamesh Flood Story

1st Edition

Martin Worthington
November 12, 2019

This volume opens up new perspectives on Babylonian and Assyrian literature, through the lens of a pivotal passage in the Gilgamesh Flood story. It shows how, using a nine-line message where not all was as it seemed, the god Ea inveigled humans into building the Ark.   The volume argues that Ea...

Beyond Orality: Biblical Poetry on its Own Terms

Beyond Orality: Biblical Poetry on its Own Terms

1st Edition

Jacqueline Vayntrub
March 01, 2019

Central to understanding the prophecy and prayer of the Hebrew Bible are the unspoken assumptions that shaped them—their genres. Modern scholars describe these works as “poetry,” but there was no corresponding ancient Hebrew term or concept. Scholars also typically assume it began as “oral...

Baal and the Politics of Poetry

Baal and the Politics of Poetry

1st Edition

Aaron Tugendhaft
November 02, 2017

Baal and the Politics of Poetry provides a thoroughly new interpretation of the Ugaritic Baal Cycle that simultaneously inaugurates an innovative approach to studying ancient Near Eastern literature within the political context of its production. The book argues that the poem, written in the last...

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