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Explore the storied history of the Ugaritic people and their neighbors in the ancient Near East. The the Gorgias Studies in the Ancient Near East and Ugaritic Studies Collection presents archaeological findings, linguistic studies, and more, offering new interpretations of how these people lived, fought, and worshiped. Each volume, written by a respected academic, reaches deep into history to bring the voices of the Ugarites to life. Delve into the texts, science, and rituals of ancient Mesopotamia: get to know the Mesopotamians’ deities, understand how and why gods appear in their poetic imagery, and see mathematics and the human brain in a whole new way. Gain deeper insight into the relationship of biblical patriarchs to their concept of the divine with evidence of public rituals in archaeological sites and Ugaritic literature. This collection is invaluable for any student of the Hebrew Scriptures.

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Key Features

  • Offers new interpretations on the religious life of the ancient Near East
  • Pursues leading-edge theories in mathematics, linguistics, metaphorical interpretation, and archaeology
  • Presents rigorous academic findings by specialists in the field

Individual Titles

A Comparison of Ancient Near Eastern Law Collections prior to the First Millennium BC

  • Author: Samuel Jackson
  • Publisher: Gorgias Press
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 296

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Samuel Jackson highlights differences between the various law collections of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Hatti. He offers context for the collections, examining the history, worldview, and political make-up of these societies and the individuals that created them. He examines key differences between Mesopotamian laws, and demonstrates that the Near East was not a uniform culture.

Samuel Jackson is an honorary associate in the department of classics and ancient history at the University of Sydney. He also teaches history at Sydney Church of England Grammar school. He holds a PhD from the University of Sydney.

A Reassessment of Asherah: With Further Considerations of the Goddess

  • Author: Steve A. Wiggins
  • Publisher: Gorgias Press
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 391

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Asherah is a popular goddess from the ancient world—appearing everywhere from the Bible to modern novels and comic books—but facts about her are overlooked. Steve A. Wiggins presents the only full-length treatment of the Ugaritic material on Asherah, as well as a comprehensive examination of the textual sources from the Hebrew Bible, ancient Mesopotamia, Epigraphic South Arabian and Hittite sources. The monograph is supplemented by articles that update the ever-expanding bibliography on the goddess and that deal with iconographic representations and Asherah’s associations with trees, snakes, and lions.

Steve A. Wiggins earned his PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 1992. He taught Hebrew Bible at Nashotah House Episcopal Seminary from 1992 to 2004, and religious studies at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh from 2005 to 2006.

The Other Mathematics: Language and Logic in Egyptian and in General

  • Author: Leo Depuydt
  • Publisher: Gorgias Press
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 396

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Discover attribute mathematics—in which nothing ever gets bigger or smaller—and what attribute mathematics can do for the full digitalization of thought and language. Relevant to everything from linguistics and philosophy to engineering and neuroscience, attribute mathematics goes beyond our methods of quantitative analysis, researching the limits of the human brain and opening new ways to review the data that exists in this still-mysterious organ.

Leo Depuydt studied ancient Greek, Latin, and Near Eastern languages and civilizations at the Catholic University of Leuven, the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen. He worked and lived at a Benedictine abbey in Bruges before completing his doctoral work at Yale in 1990, where he also taught as senior lector in Coptic and Syriac from 1989 to 1991. He has written and coauthored 11 books along with about 110 articles and 40 reviews on topics relating to ancient and medieval manuscripts, languages, and history, with his primary focus on ancient Egypt. He has been at Brown University since 1991, teaching in its department of Egyptology and Ancient West Asian Studies.

Can No Physician Be Found?: The Influence of Religion on Medical Pluralism in Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia and Israel

  • Author: Laura Marie Zucconi
  • Publisher: Gorgias Press
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 170

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Understand the effect of religion on the medical practices of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Israel. Laura Marie Zucconi uses a comparative approach to show how religious concepts shaped the medical identity of each society, and the medical culture of the ancient Near East. Discover how these cultures selected and used healers and healing strategies based on belief systems, and how this contributed to community cohesion.

Laura Marie Zucconi is associate professor of historical studies at Richard Stockton College in Galloway, New Jersey. She has a PhD from University of California, San Diego.

Facing an Empire: Hirbemerdon Tepe and the Upper Tigris Region during the Early Iron Age and Neo-Assyrian Period

  • Author: Guido Guarducci
  • Publisher: Gorgias Press
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 220

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Explore recent archaeological discoveries in Anatolia that shed light on the dynamics of the Assyrian empire, its borderlands, and interactions within its indigenous communities. Examine new evidence of the socioeconomic and historical traits of the people of Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age Assyria. This volume paints a picture of a lively multiracial and dynamic environment composed of pastoral nomads, chiefdoms, and city-states.

Guido Guarducci is supervisor of the department of archaeology and classical studies at the Lorenzo de’ Medici Italian International Institute and codirector of the Center for Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies. He attended the University of Studies of Florence and is working on his PhD at Reading University in England.

Fillets of Fatling and Goblets of Gold: The Use of Meal Events in the Ritual Imagery in the Ugaritic Mythological and Epic Texts

  • Author: Dan Belnap
  • Publisher: Gorgias Press
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 253

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Immerse yourself in the rich imagery of the Ugarit narratives. This volume examines the rituals of meal events recorded in the Baal Myth and Kirta and Aqhat epics, revealing details about social relationships with the Ugaritic pantheon and interactions between the divine and mortal realms. Dan Belnap demonstrates the role successful ritual behavior played in these narratives, and how failed rituals resulted in social chaos and confusion, thus offering insight into how Ugaritians related with the divine.

Dan Belnap earned his PhD at the University of Chicago in 2007. He is currently an assistant professor at Brigham Young University.

From Ugarit to Nabataea: Studies in Honor of John F. Healey

  • Editors: George A. Kiraz and Zeyad Al-Salameen
  • Publisher: Gorgias Press
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 313

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Offered in honor of respected professor John F. Healey, this volume is a collection of articles on the texts and cultures of various Near and Middle Eastern societies, edited by George A. Kiraz and Zeyad Al-Salameen. They include discussion of the religious beliefs, iconography, epigraphy, architecture and language of these societies—fields to which John F. Healey has contributed in his long, distinguished and varied career.

George A. Kiraz is editor-in-chief of Gorgias Press and the director of Beth Mardutho (The Syriac Institute). He holds a BSc in engineering from California State University in Northridge, an MSt in Syriac studies from Oxford, an MPhil in computer speech and language processing from Cambridge, and a PhD in computational linguistics from Cambridge. Among his works are Lexical Tools to the Syriac New Testament and Analytical Lexicon of the Syriac New Testament.

Zeyad Al-Salameen is an associate professor at the department of history and archaeology at the United Arab Emirates University.

John F. Healey is a fellow of the British Academy and has supervised countless MA and PhD candidates throughout his career. He is currently professor of Semitic studies at Victoria University of Manchester.

Homer and the Bronze Age: The Reflection of Humanistic Ideals in Diplomatic Practices

  • Author: Peter Karavites
  • Publisher: Gorgias Press
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 260

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Investigate a new interpretation of Homer, based on a fresh examination of archaeological material and discoveries. Peter Karavites presents a revisionist overview of Homeric scholarship, deriving new insights from Homer’s text that solve the age-old question of the relationship between Homer and the Mycenaean age.

Peter Karavites is professor emeritus of Greek and Roman history at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts. His books include Capitulations and Greek Interstate Relations, Promise Giving and Treaty-Making, Homer and the Near East and Evil and Freedom, and The Road to Perfection in Clement of Alexandria. He holds an MA from the University of Chicago, and a PhD from Loyola University of Chicago and has studied at the Universities of Munich and Heidelberg.

Lesser Deities in the Ugaritic Texts and the Hebrew Bible: A Comparative Study of Their Nature and Roles

  • Author: Sang Youl Cho
  • Publisher: Gorgias Press
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 382

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Compare the nature and various roles of the lesser deities in the Ugaritic texts and the Hebrew Bible. Sang Youl Cho offers a comparative study between the literature of the two religions. Cho examines the deities’ membership in the heavenly council, the kinship among the deities, and their roles (such as messengers, warriors, mediators, guardians, chanters, or servants), which have numerous similarities in both the Ugaritic texts and the Old Testament.

Sang Youl Cho is assistant pastor of Youngnak Presbyterian Church in Seoul, Korea. He holds an MDiv and ThM from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. He has written extensively on general issues in Ugaritic and Old Testament studies.

The Archaeology of Cult in Middle Bronze Age Canaan: The Sacred Area at Tel Haror, Israel

  • Author: Jill Katz
  • Publisher: Gorgias Press
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 268

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Get to know the Canaanite religion during the time of the biblical patriarchs. Jill Katz presents a theoretical model for identifying ritual behavior in the archaeological record, offering a glimpse into the elaborate rituals of Canaanite communities. Using the archaeological evidence, you can visualize the temple ceremonies, ritual meals, healing practices, and other events—deepening your understanding of the public ritual life of the Canaanites.

Jill Katz is clinical assistant professor of archaeology at Yeshiva University in New York. She has a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. She teaches archaeology and anthropology, specializing in biblical archaeology.

The Ethics of Violence in the Story of Aqhat

  • Author: Chloe Sun
  • Publisher: Gorgias Press
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 232

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Examine the issue of Anat’s violence in the Ugaritic story of Aqhat through the multifaceted lens of the characters: the divine characters offer conflicting points of view, while the human characters bring the unifying points of view. These interlocking perspectives provide insight into the ancient Near East perspective on human acts of violence, and also shed light on the ethics of violence in the modern world. Chloe Sun adopts the perspective of the ancient audience, presenting a more nuanced understanding of the ethics of violence in Aqhat.

Chloe Sun is the assistant professor of Old Testament at Logos Evangelical Seminary. She received her PhD from Fuller Theological Seminary with a concentration in ancient Near Eastern Studies. Her research interests include narrative identity and cultural issues in the Old Testament.

The Qatal//Yiqtol (Yiqtol//Qatal) Verbal Sequence in Semitic Couplets: A Case Study in Systemic Functional Grammar with Applications on the Hebrew Psalter and Ugaritic Poetry

  • Author: Silviu Tatu
  • Publisher: Gorgias Press
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 582

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View standard Hebrew prose texts in a new way with the application of systemic functionalism. Using these principles, Silviu Tatu has produced a systemic presentation of Hebrew grammar and lexicography. He offers a survey of the most representative scholars who have engaged with verbal forms in Hebrew poetry, and proposes a verse-line delimitation method based on the qatal and yiqtol verbal forms.

Silviu Tatu is assistant professor at The Pentecostal Theological Institute in Bucharest. He holds a PhD from the University of Wales. He has written both in Romanian and in English in the field of classical Hebrew poetry.

Theophany and Chaoskampf: The Interpretation of Theophanic Imagery in the Baal Epic, Isaiah, and the Twelve

  • Author: Eric Nels Ortlund
  • Publisher: Gorgias Press
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 324

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Applying insight from recent work in metaphor theory and myth theory, Eric Nels Ortlund argues that the traditional interpretation of poetic theophany (images of God) and chaoskampf (struggle against divine chaos) in biblical scholarship is mistaken. Examining the Baal Epic, texts from Isaiah, and the twelve Minor Prophets, Ortlund applies metaphorical and mythic frameworks to provide a new template for interpreting poetic theophanic texts.

Eric Nels Ortlund is associate professor of Old Testament at Briercrest College in Caronport, Saskatchewan. He earned an MA in Old Testament and Semitic Languages from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 2003 and a PhD in Hebrew and Old Testament from the University of Edinburgh in 2006. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and has published numerous articles. His research interests are critical issues in Isaiah and textual and hermeneutical problems in Job.

Word of Tree and Whisper of Stone, and Other Papers on Ugaritian Thought

  • Author: Nicolas Wyatt
  • Publisher: Gorgias Press
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 324

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Delve into Ugaritic literature with these selected essays by Ugaritic-studies specialist Nicolas Wyatt. Wyatt’s essays provide a glimpse into the worldview of ancient Syria and offer textual analysis and examination of religion and genre. Study the wealth of epithets found in Baal, as well as the theology and prophetic nuances in Ugarit, under Wyatt’s excellent guidance.

Nicolas Wyatt studied at the universities of Hull, Montpellier, and King’s College London, and the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He taught for 18 years at Glasgow University and 17 years at Edinburgh University. He has contributed several general studies and important reference works to Ugaritic studies, and he’s also written several books, including Religious Texts from Ugarit and Space and Time in the Religious Life of the Near East.

Product Details

  • Title: Gorgias Studies in the Ancient Near East and Ugaritic Studies Collection (14 vols.)
  • Publisher: Gorgias Press
  • Volumes: 14
  • Pages: 4,335