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Ah, Assyria . . . Studies in Assyrian History

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Magnes Press 1991

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Ah, Assyria . . . Studies in Assyrian History contains 30 essays on ancient Near Eastern history and historiography, spanning the entire range of Mesopotamian history, from Sumer to the Persian Empire. Contributors investigate previously unpublished texts for the first time and reexamine longstanding works with fresh eyes. The majority of these studies are devoted to the Neo-Assyrian period, the research focus of Hayim Tadmor, to whom this volume is dedicated.

With the Logos edition, this resource is fully integrated with the rest of your digital library. Links to original language texts, dictionaries, and other historical documents—such as the Amarna Letters—are only a click away! Ah, Assyria . . . Studies in Assyrian History is an important addition to the libraries of Old Testament and Near Eastern scholars, and is ideal for anyone looking to understand more deeply the historical and cultural context of the Old Testament.

Key Features

  • Presents essays which reflect Hayim Tadmor’s scholarly work
  • Investigates the ideological patterns in the Assyrian historical inscriptions
  • Includes a bibliography of the works of Hayim Tadmor


  • Part One: Neo-Assyrian History
    • ערי מדי: The Cities of the Medes
    • Phoenician Overland Trade within the Mesopotamian Empires
    • “The Samarian(s)” in the Assyrian Sources
    • The Achievement of Tiglath-pileser III: Novelty or Continuity?
    • Esarhaddon’s “Letter to the Gods”
    • The Cypriot Vassals of Esarhaddon
    • The Trade Network of Tyre according to Ezek. 27
    • Forced Participation in Alliances in the Course of the Assyrian Campaigns to the West
    • Semiramis: Her Name and her Origin
    • Elements of Aramean Pre-history
  • Part Two: Literary and Historiographical Studies
    • A Plaidoyer on behalf of the Royal Scribes
    • Narrative and Ideological Variations in the Account of Sargon’s Eighth Campaign
    • The Death of Kings: Traditional Historiography in Contextual Perspective
    • The Succession Narrative and Esarhaddon’s Apology: A Comparison
    • “History” and “Literature” in the Persian Period: The Restoration of the Temple
    • Solomon and Šulgi: A Comparative Portrait
    • The Question of Distinctiveness in Ancient Israel: An Essay
    • Large Numbers in the Assyrian Royal Inscriptions
    • “The Command of the God” as a Reason for Going to War in the Assyrian Royal Inscriptions
  • Part Three: Texts and Textual Studies
    • The Ritual Tablet and Rubrics of Maqlû: Toward the History of the Series
    • Aššur-uballiṭ and the Sutians
    • Sargon’s Report on Kish. A Problem in Akkadian Philology
    • Old and Middle Assyrian Royal Inscriptions—Marginalia
    • Nebuchadnezzar and the Parting of the Ways: Ezek. 21:26–27
    • Asylum at Aleppo: A Note on Sfire III, 4–7
    • Abstruse Sumerian
    • The Coronation and Consecration of Šulgi in the Ekur (Šulgi G)
    • An Unknown King in an Unknown City
    • Assurbanipal’s Message to the Babylonians (ABL 301), with an Excursus on Figurative biltu
    • Autobiographical Reflections of a University Teacher


  • I. M. Diakonoff
  • Moshe Elat
  • Israel Eph‘al
  • Paul Garelli
  • Erle Leichty
  • E. Lipiński
  • Mario Liverani
  • Nadav Na’aman
  • Moshe Weinfeld
  • Ran Zadok
  • Mordechai Cogan
  • Frederick Mario Fales
  • William W. Hallo
  • Tomoo Ishida
  • Sarah Japhet
  • S. N. Kramer
  • Peter Machinist
  • Alan R. Millard
  • Bustanay Oded
  • Tsvi Abusch
  • Pinḥas Artzi
  • Dietz Otto Edzard
  • A. Kirk Grayson
  • Moshe Greenberg
  • Jonas C. Greenfield
  • Thorkild Jacobsen
  • Jacob Klein
  • W. G. Lambert
  • William L. Moran
  • Benjamin Mazar

Product Details

  • Title: Ah, Assyria . . . Studies in Assyrian History
  • Editors: Mordechai Cogan and Israel Eph‘al
  • Publisher: Magnes Press
  • Publication Date: 1993
  • Pages: 348

About the Editors

Mordechai Cogan is a professor of biblical history and teaches in the department of Jewish history at The Hebrew University. He has written commentaries on several books of the Bible and published studies on the contact between Israel and the Ancient Near East.

Israel Eph‘al is an emeritus professor of Jewish history at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.