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The Ancient Near Eastern Studies series covers over a century of research done in Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Levant, and the Arabian Peninsula. This five-volume collection examines the history of these ancient lands according to archaeological evidence, ancient literature, and the biblical record, drawing connections between physical artifacts and Scripture. Biblical scholars, students of archaeology, and anyone else interested in the ancient Near East will treasure this collection.

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  • Discusses the cultures and civilizations relevant to the Bible
  • Explains historical significance of excavation sites and artifacts
  • Draws connections between ancient literature, archaeology, and scriptural texts

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  • Title: Ancient Near Eastern Studies
  • Publisher: Eisenbrauns
  • Volumes: 5
  • Pages: 2,080
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Near Eastern Archaeology: A Reader, 2nd ed.

  • Editor: Suzanne Richard
  • Publisher: Eisenbrauns
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 504

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Near Eastern Archaeology: A Reader, 2nd ed. is a collection of more than 60 essays by major scholars in the field. This is the most up-to-date and complete book available on Levantine and Near Eastern archaeology.

The present volume is an excellent resource that belongs in all college, university, and seminary libraries as well as in personal collections. It gives helpful, basic information on a wide range of topics and allows nonspecialists to begin to understand some of the issues and controversies both in retrieving and interpreting artifacts. Some entries are more informative and useful than others, which is always the case with multiple authors. I am sure each of us could suggest one or two alternative topics we would have preferred to have seen in print, but the volume already is sizeable, and not everything could be included. The selection covers a broad range and shows good vision.

Diana Edelman, lecturer, University of Sheffield

This is a good single-volume reference for Syro-Palestinian archaeology, appropriate for both student and specialist. Richard has recruited many of the top people in the field (Dever, Rast, Hopkins, Rolleston, Leonard, Younker, and Berlin), and has noteworthy articles on “Paleoenvironments of the Levant,” “Archaeozoology,” and “Paleoethnobotany.” Each entry has a basic overview of the subject in question, as well as a detailed bibliography which provides a reference point for further study . . . For all practical purposes, this reviewer expects to employ this handy reference tool in courses on ancient Israel.

Mark W. Chavalas, professor, University of Wisconsin

Suzanne Richard earned a PhD from Johns Hopkins University and currently teaches history and archaeology at Gannon University.

Riches Hidden in Secret Places: Ancient Near Eastern Studies in Memory of Thorkild Jacobsen

  • Editor: Tzvi Abusch
  • Publisher: Eisenbrauns
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 360

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Providing a scholar’s salute to a teacher, colleague, and friend, the contributors to Riches Hidden in Secret Places honor the memory of Thorkild Jacobsen with essays on Mesopotamian history, culture, literature, and religion. Contributors include: Tzvi Abusch, John Huehnergard, Bendt Alster, Jeremy Black, Miguel Civil, Jerrold S. Cooper, M. J. Geller, Stephen A. Geller, Samuel Greengus, William W. Hallo, Wolfgang Heimpel, Jacob Klein, W. G. Lambert, Jack M. Sasson, Ake W. Sjoberg, Piotr Steinkeller, H. L. J. Vanstiphout, and Claus Wilcke.

A memorial volume for a scholar such as Thorkild Jacobsen, who published so many original works on so many different topics, is an ambitious and risky undertaking. At a time when anniversary and memorial volumes threaten to overwhelm us, the quality suffers and one would hardly want to end up with a volume unworthy of the recipient. In this case, however, all such fears can be readily dissipated, for the papers collected in this volume are uniformly of the highest order . . . This volume will be consulted for years to come.

Piotr Michalowski, George G. Cameron Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Michigan

Tzvi Abusch received a PhD in Assyriology from Harvard University. He has taught at McMaster University, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has published many articles on Mesopotamian magic and mythology and coauthored the Corpus of Mesopotamian Antiwitchcraft Rituals.

Symbiosis, Symbolism, and the Power of the Past: Canaan, Ancient Israel, and Their Neighbors from the Late Bronze Age through Roman Palaestina

  • Editors: William G. Dever and Seymour Gitin
  • Publisher: Eisenbrauns
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 620

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Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, this collection of over 30 erudite essays concentrates on the archaeology of ancient Israel, Canaan, and neighboring nations.

These papers from the centennial symposium demonstrate that, despite some claims to the contrary, a dynamic, symbiotic connection still exists between biblicists and archaeologists, between those holding membership in the mother society, the SBL, and those in the daughter society, ASOR—a daughter long come of age. Furthermore, they demonstrate that the connection is fruitful in that the scholarship that it yields does indeed elucidate the power of the past in the present.

Ziony Zevit, distinguished professor, American Jewish University

This collection of articles is a remarkable reflection of the depth and breadth of research questions explored by scholars affiliated with the American Schools of Oriental Research and the Albright Institute throughout their first 100 years. A second volume, celebrating the bicentennial of these acclaimed institutions, is eagerly awaited.

—Kamyar Abdi, assistant professor, Dartmouth College

William G. Dever is an archaeologist and expert in the history of Israel and the Near East. He is a distinguished professor of Near Eastern archaeology at Lycoming College, and the author of Did God Have a Wife?: Archaeology and Folk Religion in Ancient Israel, Who Were the Early Israelites and Where Did They Come From?, The Lives of Ordinary People In Ancient Israel, and more.

Seymour Gitin earned a PhD in Syro-Palestinean archaeology from Hebrew Union College, specializing in studies of ancient Israel. He is the author of several scholarly articles and the director of the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem.

The Bible and the Ancient Near East: Essays in Honor of William Foxwell Albright

  • Editor: G. Ernest Wright
  • Publisher: Eisenbrauns
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 409

The work of William Foxwell Albright has been an exceptional, often controversial stimulant for Near Eastern scholars. The purpose of The Bible and the Ancient Near East is to describe the course taken by research in Near Eastern study in light of Albright’s influence, and to identify the progress that has been made and the problems which still demand solutions. This volume includes 14 essays (including one from Albright) and a complete bibliography of Albright’s works.

G. Ernest Wright is the author of numerous works on archaeology, including Biblical Archaeology and The Westminster Historical Atlas. He was also the founding editor of the journal Biblical Archeologist. Wright died in 1974.

The City of Ugarit at Tell Ras Shamra

  • Author: Marguerite Yon
  • Publisher: Eisenbrauns
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 187

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In 1929, a farmer stumbled upon a tomb near the Mediterranean coast of Syria, just north of the modern seaport of Latakia. Initial excavations at the tell of Ras Shamra by René Dussaud and Claude Schaeffer brought to light impressive architectural remains, numerous artifacts, and tablets written in cuneiform (both alphabetic and syllabic). The excavators soon were able to identify the site as the ancient city of Ugarit. Many materials were dated between the fourteenth and twelfth centuries, thus, the data from Ras Shamra–Ugarit have become important as a reference point for the early history of the Near East along the Levantine coast and the eastern Mediterranean.

In this volume, Marguerite Yon, the principal investigator since the early 1970s on behalf of the French archaeological team, brings us up to date on the 70-year-long excavation of the site. During the past 25 years, much of our understanding of the site itself has changed due to new excavation, reexcavation, and reinterpretation of prior work. This volume is the authoritative word on data from the site and its meaning for our understanding of ancient Ugarit’s place in history.

With numerous architectural plans and object photographs, this is a useful introductory text to the site of Ugarit.

—Kari A. Zobler, archaeologist, University of Illinois

The volume includes chapters on the geography and history of the Ugarit region, a description of the tell reviewing architecture and small finds from each excavated neighborhood, an illustration of various finds, and a select bibliography. The book is extensively illustrated with plans, photographs, and reconstructions . . . The volume points to some of the ways that Ugarit has contributed to our understanding of the Late Bronze Age in terms of history, geopolitics, international trade, and religion.

—Alexander H. Joffe, lecturer, Purchase College

Marguerite Yon is an archaeologist involved in the excavation of Ugarit. She worked as a researcher at the University of Lyon, France.


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  1. Shelley Metzger
  2. Daniel Warner

    Daniel Warner


    Can find them all at Eisenbrauns, they are classics, the first one listed (Reader) has many good topics that are very relevant to biblical studies giving clarification to key archaeological topics, use the book for my archaeology class, Jacobsen's book same as above but deals with Mesopotamia, all of the works are great for research purpose, to many topics to list, price is good.
  3. Jonathan D. Safren
    I cannot determine whether or not these collections are relevant to my research interests, as there is no listing of the articles. Any scholar who is considering purchasing a collection of articles, not to speak of several collections at once, is first of all interested how many of the articles included interest him.
  4. David Paul

    David Paul


    I've mentioned this on the forum... There is usually ZERO chance that I will buy any essay collection unless there is a listing of the essays included in the product description. Titles are necessary...descriptions of each are far better.
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