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  1. Gilgamesh
    Gilgamesh
    Geraldine McCaughrean
    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / Hardcover
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  2. Gilgamesh: A New English Version
    Gilgamesh: A New English Version
    Stephen Mitchell
    Simon & Schuster / Trade Paperback
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  3. The Epic of Gilgamesh
    The Epic of Gilgamesh
    N.K. Sandars, trans.
    Penguin Classics / 1987 / Trade Paperback
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  4. Gilgamesh Epic and Old Testament Parallels
    Gilgamesh Epic and Old Testament Parallels
    Alexander Heidel
    University of Chicago Press / 1963 / Trade Paperback
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Books & Resources on Mesopotamia, Elementary Level

  1. Eyewitness: Mesopotamia
    Eyewitness: Mesopotamia
    John Farndon
    DK Children / Trade Paperback
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DK Eyewitness books give strength to the maxim that "a picture's worth a thousand words." Hundreds of photographs will give you an up-close look at Mesopotamia. Learn about city and country life, ziggurats and temples, crafts and technology, transportation and travel, trade and commerce, Akkad's rise and fall, gods and goddesses, the epic of Gilgamesh, and more. Hardcover with clip-art CD Rom.

  1. Mesopotamia
    Mesopotamia
    Milliken / Trade Paperback
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Welcome to ancient Mesopotamia - home of the world's first cities. This strip of land between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers is often called the "Cradle of Civilization." Mesopotamians were among the first to use the wheel and the written word. In mathematics, they used place value and were comfortable with quadratic equations. They had libraries that included everything from recipe books to directions for making glass. People still read Gilgamesh, their great epic poem. The activities in this book provide insight into the history, technology, laws, economy, literature, and art of ancient Mesopotamia. The eight full-color transparencies at the back of the book can be used alone or with specific activities listed in the table of contents. Grades 4-6. 32 pages.

  1. Mesopotamia Book and PowerPoint CD
    Mesopotamia Book and PowerPoint CD
    Milliken / Trade Paperback
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The Illuminating History workbook series is now available with PowerPoint CDs! Each 32-page book includes a CD with 8 full-color illustrations and corresponding blackline reproducible pages in PowerPoint format. Print both reproducible worksheets and color images; since the printed worksheets are also bound in the book, you can always make copies with a photocopier. For classrooms, the illustrations can be printed on plastic for use with an overhead projector, or they can be shown as a PowerPoint presentation on computer monitors and multimedia projectors. 32 worksheet pages, 8 color illustrations.

Learn about Sumerian cuisine, copper, the wheel, cuneiform, clay tablets, Babylonia vs. Assyria, Hammurabi, Medicine in Ancient Mesopotamia, the Epic of Gilgamesh, and more! Grades 4-6. 32 pages. Answer key included.

  1. Mesopotamia
    Mesopotamia
    Milliken / Other
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Follow the strands of history with these unique teaching aids! A pictorial history of ancient Mesopotamia, this timeline features events and people from the years 5000 B.C. through 331 B.C. Colorfully illustrated with precise detail, the reverse side includes reproducible activity cards for extending classroom activities. Each card comes perforated through the center so that it can be pulled apart to create an extra long (6" x 68") continuous timeline for your classroom wall or bulletin board.

  1. Hittite Warrior
    Hittite Warrior
    Joanne Williamson
    Bethlehem Books / 1999 / Trade Paperback
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Uriah the Hittite has found refuge from the Greeks in the Canaanite city of Tyre. Now the decision by Jotham, the Hebrew, to save a child from being sacrificed to Moloch forces Uriah to choose life over reverence of Tyre's fearsome god. The three escape to the hill country of Judea, where Deborah and Barak are mustering the Hebrews to fight the Canaanites. This meticulously researched novel is set in the time of the Judges, and incorporates Biblical facts with a gripping story, set against the wide background of ancient civilizations.

  1. Mesopotamia
    Mesopotamia
    Jane Shuter
    Heinemann Raintree / Trade Paperback
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Mesopotamia hides many wonders, all of them waiting to be discovered as you see what it takes to excavate the past!

Through archeological excavations and artifacts, readers get the real story of life in ancient civilizations. Learn about common experiences for children and adults, as well as comparisons between the lives of different societal classes. Each book explores the idiosyncrasies of daily life in an ancient civilization, as well as their religion, government, and warfare. 48 pages, softcover. Captions, Fact box/Side bar, Maps, and Timeline included. Ages 9-11.

  1. Map/Wall Chart-Modern States and the Ancient Near East
    Map/Wall Chart-Modern States and the Ancient Near East
    B&H Church Supply / 2002 / Gift
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This is a map of the Modern States and the Ancient Near East. It measures 19 3/8" x 26" and is in full color on the front with black and white text on the back. It is fully laminated, making it durable and easy to use. The information is up-to-date and is taken from the Holman Bible Atlas.

Books on Mesopotamia, High School & Up

  1. The Ancient Languages of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Aksum
    The Ancient Languages of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Aksum
    Roger D. Woodward, ed.
    Cambridge University Press / Trade Paperback
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This book, derived from the acclaimed Cambridge Encyclopedia of the World's Ancient Languages, describes the ancient languages of Mesopotamia, Egypt and Aksum, for the convenience of students and specialists working in that area. Each chapter of the work focuses on an individual language or, in some instances, a set of closely related varieties of a language. Providing a full descriptive presentation, each of these chapters examines the writing system(s), phonology, morphology, syntax and lexicon of that language, and places the language within its proper linguistic and historical context. The volume brings together an international array of scholars, each a leading specialist in ancient language study. While designed primarily for scholars and students of linguistics, this work will prove invaluable to all whose studies take them into the realm of ancient language. 272 pages, with 1 map and 14 tables.

  1. From Mesopotamia to Iraq: A Concise History
    From Mesopotamia to Iraq: A Concise History
    Hans J. Nissen, Peter Heine
    University of Chicago Press / 2009 / Trade Paperback
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"This outstanding book traces in less than 200 pages some 7,000 years of ancient Near Eastern history. Filled with original ideas of lasting significance,"---Choice. From Sumer as the cradle of civilization and Baghdad as the intellectual capital of Islam to the American overthrow of Saddam Hussein. Illustrated. 192 pages, softcover. University of Chicago.

  1. Lost Languages: The Enigma of the World's Undeciphered Scripts
    Lost Languages: The Enigma of the World's Undeciphered Scripts
    Andrew Robinson
    W W Norton / 2009 / Trade Paperback
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You'll want to start deciphering immediately after you're finished reading Andrew Robinson's Lost Languages. With a catching enthusiasm, his book first begins with an overview of decipherment techniques that did (and did not!) work for the three "Great Decipherments" of the Egyptian Hieroglyphs, Linear B of Greece, and the Mayan Glyphs. He then moves on to the undeciphered scripts of the world, from Linear A to Easter Island to the mysterious Phaistos Disc of Crete, following the efforts made by scholars and lay-persons alike. Three-color illustrations highlight elements of text, patterns, dates, and other important markers in a perfectly clear way, helping readers to really see what the decipherers saw. Learn about how languages function through the lens of the mysterious ones we haven't yet figured out! 352 pages, indexed, softcover. Upper-level high school & adult.

  1. Ancient Iraq
    Ancient Iraq
    Georges Roux
    Penguin Books / 1993 / Trade Paperback
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Until the middle of the nineteenth century there was little evidence of the great civilizations that flourished for over three thousand years between the Tigris and the Euphrates, apart from a few allusions in the Bible. Almost every trace of the arts, sciences and literature of the Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians, and Assyrians was obliterated, hidden under thousands of artificial mounds or tells representing ancient cities. Over the last hundred of years, however, archaeologists of various origins have sought to uncover the monuments and texts that reveal the history and civilization of the region known as Mesopotamia, most of which corresponds to the territory of modern Iraq. In the last three decades, perhaps no other country has been so extensively explored by archaeologists from all over the world and by the Iraqis themselves, while new texts have been published and older texts retranslated or reinterpreted by international teams of Sumerologists and Assyriologists.

Newly revised and now in its third edition, Ancient Iraq covers the political, cultural, and socio-economic history of Mesopotamia from the days of prehistory to the Christian era and somewhat beyond. Dr. Rouz describes for the general public and students the empires that have successively arisen and collapsed in Mesopotamia as well as the institutions, religions, sciences and daily life of its inhabitants. That so vast a subject makes such absorbing reading is due not only to the inevitable fascination of the past but also to the light, yet exact, touch of a talented historian.

  1. Mesopotamia: Assyrians, Sumerians, Babylonians
    Mesopotamia: Assyrians, Sumerians, Babylonians
    Enrico Ascalone
    University of California Press / 2007 / Trade Paperback
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See what archaeologists see in this fantastically photograhed guide to ancient Mesopotamia. With entries on historical fictures, religion, daily life, the afterlife and their cities, each entry features intriguing insight into the world and lives of the ancient Assyrians, Sumerians and Babylonians. With full-page and inset photographs fully notated, this is a beautiful guide to the artifacts and people of Ancient Mesopotamia. 368 indexed pages, softcover.

  1. The Ancient Orient
    The Ancient Orient
    Wolfram Soden
    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co / 1994 / Trade Paperback
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This book represents a comprehensive, interdisciplinary presentation of ancient Near Eastern civilization. Concentrating on Mesopotamia and North Syria and focusing particularly on the cultures of Sumer, Babylonia, and Assyria, von Soden covers the earliest times to Hellenization. His study of ancient "humanity in its wholeness" includes treatments of the history of language and systems of writing, the state and society, nutrition and agriculture, artisanry, economics, law, science, religion and magic, art, music, and more. This work offers valuable background work for students of the Bible and includes 18 black-and-white photographs.

  1. The Ancient Mesopotamian City
    The Ancient Mesopotamian City
    Marc Van De Mieroop
    Oxford University Press / 1999 / Trade Paperback
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Urban history starts in Mesopotamia: the earlist known cities developed there as a result of long indigenous processes and, for millennia, the city determined every aspect of Mesopotamian civilization. Marc Van De Mieroop examines urban life in the historical period, investigationg urban topography, the role of cities as centers of culture, their political and social structures, economy, literature, and the arts. He draws on material from the entirety of Mesopotamian history, from c.3000 to 300BC, and from both Babylonia and Assyria, arguing that the Mesopotamian city can be regarded as a prototype that inspired the rest of the ancient world and shared characteristics with the European cities of antiquity.

  1. Face2face Sennacherib: Encountering Assyria's Great and Terrifying Ruler
    Face2face Sennacherib: Encountering Assyria's Great and Terrifying Ruler
    Clive Anderson
    Day One Christian Ministries Inc / 2007 / Trade Paperback
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"Sennacherib was once a name to send a chill down spines, yet today, relatively few have heard of him, and even fewer know much about him. Lord Byron immortalized one part of his life in a poem, but there was much more to this man than King and fearsome warrior. Coming face to face with him in this book not only reveals a complex and multi-talented man, but also the formidable enemy that the land of Judah, its king Hezekiah and prophet Isaiah were confronted with at a time of national crisis.Today, many Christians across the world find themselves faced with situations that appear to be beyond their control. How should they react in such circumstances and what help can they expect to receive? This book, while dealing with real history, also focuses on life in the twenty-first century and gives pointers towards being faithful witnesses of Jesus Christ."

  1. Antiquity: From the Birth of Sumerian Civilization to the Fall of the Roman Empire
    Antiquity: From the Birth of Sumerian Civilization to the Fall of the Roman Empire
    Norman F. Cantor
    HarperPerennial / 2004 / Trade Paperback
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Bestselling author Norman Cantor delivers this compact but magisterial survey of the ancient world -- from the birth of Sumerian civilization around 3500 B.C. in the Tigris-Euphrates valley (present-day Iraq) to the fall of the Roman Empire in A.D. 476. In Antiquity, Cantor covers such subjects as Classical Greece, Judaism, the founding of Christianity, and the triumph and decline of Rome.

In this fascinating and comprehensive analysis, the author explores social and cultural history, as well as the political and economic aspects of his narrative. He explains leading themes in religion and philosophy and discusses the environment, population, and public health. With his signature authority and insight, Cantor highlights the great books and ideas of antiquity that continue to influence culture today.

  1. A History of the Ancient Near East, ca. 3000-323 B.C.--Second Edition
    A History of the Ancient Near East, ca. 3000-323 B.C.--Second Edition
    Marc Van De Mieroop
    Wiley-Blackwell / 2006 / Trade Paperback
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"At a time when authors have created sweeping positivist histories and dubious claims built on questionable connections, this book demonstrates the potential for responsible and critical historical analysis,"---Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research. Amazingly comprehensive. 368 pages, softcover. Blackwell.

  1. The Ancient Near East: 3000-330 B.C., 2 Volumes
    The Ancient Near East: 3000-330 B.C., 2 Volumes
    Amelie Kuhrt
    Routledge / 1998 / Trade Paperback
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The Ancient Near East is a well-informed work which guides the reader from the most remote times up to the Hellenistic age. It is easy to read and has great teaching value. Kuhrt provides up-to-date narrative, taking into account the latest archaeological and textual discoveries and deals with the complex problems of interpretation and methodology. 782 pages in two softcovers from Routledge, 1995.

  1. Poems of Heaven and Hell from Ancient Mesopotamia
    Poems of Heaven and Hell from Ancient Mesopotamia
    N.K. Sandars
    Penguin Classics / 1989 / Trade Paperback
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Comparable with the Book of Genesis, it opens in watery chaos and sings of the foundations of the world and its centre, the fabulous golden city of Babylon. A hymn of praise in celebration of Marduk, the city's noble and cunning god, brave conqueror of chaos, it was chanted at the New Year Festival and formed the most crucial element in the Ancient Mesopatamians' ritual attempts to keep their perilous world in order. Inanna's Journey to Hell tells the story of the Sumerian fertility goddess and is the earliest known poem on that greatest of myths - which has haunted writers from Homer to Sartre - the descendent into the underworld. The Sumerian Underworld, Adapa: The Man and A Prayer to the Gods of Night are also included in this edition, which comes complete with introductions and glossary of names.

  1. Mesopotamia
    Mesopotamia
    Gwen Leick
    Penguin Books / 2003 / Trade Paperback
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Often overshadowed by ancient Egypt in the public imagination, Mesopotamia was nonetheless a great civilization that had a direct impact on biblical culture. Leick steps back 7,000 years to explore the area where urban living began. Using fragments of jewelry, textiles, and writings, she pieces together a colorful picture of the Mesopotamians' everyday lives and advanced society. 360 pages, softcover from Penguin.

  1. The Handbook to Life in Ancient Mesopotamia
    The Handbook to Life in Ancient Mesopotamia
    Stephen Bertman
    Oxford University Press / Trade Paperback
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"Will be useful to librarians as a reference tool and to students, teachers, and general readers at all levels for its wealth of readily accessible information on ancient Mesopotamian life and times. Recommended,"---Choice. From Babylonian architects to Assyrian generals. 416 pages, softcover. Oxford University.

  1. The Ancient Near East: Historical Sources in Translation
    The Ancient Near East: Historical Sources in Translation
    Edited by Mark W. Chavalas
    Wiley-Blackwell / Trade Paperback
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Chavalas, who is on the board of trustees of the American Schools of Oriental Research, has gathered together an impressive group of scholars to provide introductions, comments, and translations of a judicious sampling of texts from the ancient world---Sumerian, Babylonian, Hittite, Assyrian, and others. 544 pages, softcover. Blackwell.

  1. Epics of Sumerian Kings: The Matter of Aratta
    Epics of Sumerian Kings: The Matter of Aratta
    Herman Vanstiphout
    Society of Biblical Literature / 2003 / Trade Paperback
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  1. Readings from the Ancient Near East: Primary Sources for Old Testament Study
    Readings from the Ancient Near East: Primary Sources for Old Testament Study
    Bill T. Arnold, Bryan E. Beyer
    Baker Books / 2001 / Trade Paperback
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Essential to a proper understanding of the Old Testament is a knowledge of the political, historical, and theological environment of the ancient Near East. While there is an abundance of material explaining this environment, primary source texts are often unavailable or inaccessible to the beginning Old Testament student.This volume in the Encountering Biblical Studies series fills that void. Readings from the Ancient Near East takes the student through a wide variety of primary source texts from the ancient Near East that illuminate every book of the Old Testament. It is the companion volume to Encountering the Old Testament. The editors have compiled this volume with the beginning Old Testament student in mind. The selections are intended to move a learner with little or no knowledge of the ancient Near East to a basic understanding of its significant texts and authors.Texts spanning more than two thousand years include Sumerian creation accounts, epic literature from Mesopotamia, cultic ritual texts from Egypt, and prophetic references from Syria.

  1. The Ancient Near East: An Anthology of Texts and Pictures
    The Ancient Near East: An Anthology of Texts and Pictures
    Edited by James B. Pritchard
    Princeton University Press / Trade Paperback
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The classic anthology Ancient Near Eastern texts Relating to the Old Testament (ANET) edited by James B. Pritchard and his team of, now legendary, scholars has introduced generations of readers to the essential texts for understanding the peoples and cultures of the (mostly Iron-age (1300-600 B.C.) biblical world, and the people groups and stories that defined its culture. The translations found here remain widely regarded for their sensitivity to ancient near eastern culture and its myriad languages, even after almost a half-century of usage, review, and critique.

ANET was originally published in two separate volumes. In 1950 the first volume was released as stand alone project. In 1954, Pritchard also produced Ancient Near Eastern Pictures which contained pictures of relevant ancient near eastern archaeological discoveries. In 1958 ANET was re-released and officially became ANET Vol. 1, and was significantly expanded in a 1969 third edition. 1969 also witnessed the appearance of ANEP, 2nd Ed.. In 1975, the long awaited second volume of ANET appeared. But it has not been until now that the entire contents of both ANET and ANEP have been brought together in an affordable one-volume edition.

In all its forms, ANEThas been, and remains, a standard reference work and a critically important primary text document for cultural orientation to the Old Testament and scholarship on it. The new edition presents a slight restructuring of contents in order to achieve greater accessibility and navigation along with a brief, but comprehensive, foreward accounting for the various editions preceding this new 2010 edition.

With more than 130 different ancient texts and 300 photographs of ancient art, architecture, and artifacts, ANET provides a in-depth look at some of the most influential and famous texts in history such as The Epic of Gilgamesh, The Creation Epic (Enuma elish), The Code of Hammurabi, and The Baal Cycle. Other texts include historical, legal, and political writings; inscriptions, hymns, wisdom literature, oracles, prophecies, poetry, and more. Cultures and languages represented include Sumerian, Akkadian, Egyptian, Hittite, Ugaritic, Canaanite, and Aramaic.

For students of history, religion, the Bible, archaeology, and anthropology, this anthology provides a wealth of material for understanding the ancient Near East, the Bible, and the world from which it emerged.

  1. Philosophy Before the Greeks: The Pursuit of Truth in Ancient Babylonia
    Philosophy Before the Greeks: The Pursuit of Truth in Ancient Babylonia
    Marc Van De Mieroop
    Princeton University Press / 2015 / Hardcover
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Did philosophy spring up overnight in classical Greece? No, insists this expert on the ancient Near East, who finds strong evidence for a thriving philosophical tradition in Babylon relating to the study of language, the art of divination, and the rule of law. Innovative intellectual history that raises probing questions. 264 pages, hardcover. Princeton University.

  1. Ancient Babylonian Medicine: Theory and Practice
    Ancient Babylonian Medicine: Theory and Practice
    Markham J. Geller
    John Wiley & Sons / 2010 / Hardcover
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  1. Babylonian Chronology: 626 B.C. - A.D. 75
    Babylonian Chronology: 626 B.C. - A.D. 75
    Richard A. Parker, Waldo H. Dubberstein
    Wipf & Stock / 2007 / Trade Paperback
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  1. The Babylonian Economic System
    The Babylonian Economic System
    Ralph Tankersley
    Tate Publishing / Trade Paperback
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  1. Complete Babylonian: Teach Yourself / Digital original - eBookeBOOK
    Complete Babylonian: Teach Yourself / Digital original - eBook
    Teach Yourself / 2012 / ePub
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  1. Peoples of the Old Testament World
    Peoples of the Old Testament World
    Baker Books / 1998 / Trade Paperback
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(PUBBaker)"Gives a superb introduction to major peoples of the biblical world (e.g., Babylonians, Hittites, Canaanites, Egyptians). The authors successfully assimilate and convey textual and archaeological information using the latest scholarly works as well as time-proven resources,"---Biblical Archaeology. 400 pages, softcover.

  1. Ancient Near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament, Third Edition with Supplement
    Ancient Near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament, Third Edition with Supplement
    James B. Pritchard
    Princeton University Press / 1969 / Hardcover
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Popularly known as ANET this compilation of texts from the Ancient Near East is an indispensable resource for study of the Old Testament, its surrounding culture, and perhaps most importantly its intellectual and conceptual frameworks. First published in 1969, this collection has only received small editions, and its translations remain standard in the various fields to which it applies, including archaeology, Old Testament studies, literary studies, textual criticism, and many others.

Arranged by genre, Prichard include texts from ten different areas including, I) Myths, Epics, and Legends; II) Legal Texts; III). Historical Texts; IV) Cultic Texts; V) Hymns and Prayers; VI) Didactic and Wisdom Literature; VII) Lamentations; VIII) Secular Song and Poems; IX) Letters; X) Misc. Texts.

This collections combines breadth and depth, including many of the most famous texts such as Tiglath-Pilesar III's account of his "Campaigns against Syria and Palestine", and "the Gilgamesh Epic" ANET also contains more obscure texts such as the prayers and hymns of the Akkadian, Hittite, and Egyptian religious ceremonies. While a requirement for biblical scholars, these texts also make for fascinating reading of the highest order. Anyone who enjoys discovering the past, or has an insatiable curiosity will find this collection riveting and of enduring interest. For OT students who wish to become OT scholars, the sooner one become familiar with these texts, the better.

  1. Reading and Writing in Babylon
    Reading and Writing in Babylon
    Dominique Charpin
    Harvard University Press / 2010 / Hardcover
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This introduction to the birth of cuneiform writing in the Babylonian empire is an engaging primer on the lexicon of linguistics. Cuneiform writing, with its three dimensional requirement of light and shade, included 600 characters, all possessing either a syllabic (phonetic) or logographic value that showed both sound and meaning.

It's all about communication: clay tablets were put in clay envelopes; to learn characters, students traced them; and scholars copied manuscripts to preserve them. Tablets of contracts, laws, and even literary works were archived and collected in libraries. Thus we have the Epic of Gilgamesh from the second millennium, telling us the story of the deluge. By the first millennium, it wasn't only scribes who could read and write but also administrators, generals, and even their wives.

The fires of war baked the clay tablets, safeguarding them for future research (there is an inventory of 500,000 texts). Charpin has written a scholarly work of incredible breadth; read with reference books at the ready to discover an ancient world not so different from our own. (Nov.) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

  1. Poetic Heroes: The Literary Commemorations of Warriors and Warrior Culture in the Early Biblical World
    Poetic Heroes: The Literary Commemorations of Warriors and Warrior Culture in the Early Biblical World
    Mark S. Smith
    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2014 / Trade Paperback
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A close reading of several classics of ancient warrior poetry

Warfare exerts a magnetic power, even a terrible attraction, in its emphasis on glory, honor, and duty. In order to face the terror of war, it is necessary to face how our biblical traditions have made it attractive - even alluring.

In this book Mark Smith undertakes an extensive exploration of "poetic heroes" across a number of ancient cultures in order to understand the attitudes of those cultures toward war and warriors. Smith examines the Iliad and the Gilgamesh; Ugaritic poems commemorating Baal, Aqhat, and the Rephaim; and early biblical poetry, including the battle hymn of Judges 5 and the lament of David over Saul and Jonathan in 2 Samuel 1. Smith's Poetic Heroes analyzes the importance of heroic poetry in early Israel and its disappearance after the time of David, building on several strands of scholarship in archaeological research, poetic analysis, and cultural reconstruction.

  1. Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament: Introducing the Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible
    Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament: Introducing the Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible
    John H. Walton
    Baker / 2006 / Trade Paperback
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* A masterful introduction to the cultural context of the Old Testament. Surveying the literature of the ancient Near East, Walton demonstrates how the OT was influenced by, yet stood against, surrounding cultures. His insightful study will help students and pastors feel comfortable in the unfamiliar world of the Hebrew Bible and better able to interpret specific passages. 288 pages, softcover from Baker.

  1. Readings from the Ancient Near East: Primary Sources for Old Testament Study
    Readings from the Ancient Near East: Primary Sources for Old Testament Study
    Bill T. Arnold, Bryan E. Beyer
    Baker Books / 2001 / Trade Paperback
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Essential to a proper understanding of the Old Testament is a knowledge of the political, historical, and theological environment of the ancient Near East. While there is an abundance of material explaining this environment, primary source texts are often unavailable or inaccessible to the beginning Old Testament student.This volume in the Encountering Biblical Studies series fills that void. Readings from the Ancient Near East takes the student through a wide variety of primary source texts from the ancient Near East that illuminate every book of the Old Testament. It is the companion volume to Encountering the Old Testament. The editors have compiled this volume with the beginning Old Testament student in mind. The selections are intended to move a learner with little or no knowledge of the ancient Near East to a basic understanding of its significant texts and authors.Texts spanning more than two thousand years include Sumerian creation accounts, epic literature from Mesopotamia, cultic ritual texts from Egypt, and prophetic references from Syria.

  1. Stories from Ancient Canaan, Second Edition
    Stories from Ancient Canaan, Second Edition
    Michael D. Coogan, Mark S. Smith
    Westminster John Knox Press / 2012 / Trade Paperback
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* The ancient Ugaritic texts are among the most important modern discoveries for understanding the Bible---and here their principal Canaanite myths and epics are explored in an authoritative yet accessible way. Taking into account the advances in interpretation of the stories since 1978, this revised edition includes illustrations, two additional texts, and expanded introductions. 160 pages, softcover from Westminster John Knox.

  1. The Ancient Near East
    The Ancient Near East
    John L. McLaughlin
    Abingdon Press / 2012 / Trade Paperback
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* An indispensable introduction to the connection between the Old Testament and ancient Near Eastern culture. Offering a substantive overview of the history, literature, religions, and societies of kingdoms that controlled the area around Israel, McLaughlin examines ideas essential to understanding OT texts while clarifying difficult issues concerning the relationship between Israel and its neighbors. 144 pages, softcover from Abingdon.

  1. An Introduction to Ancient Mesopotamian Religion
    An Introduction to Ancient Mesopotamian Religion
    Tammi J. Schneider
    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2011 / Trade Paperback
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In An Introduction to Ancient Mesopotamian Religion Tammi J. Schneider provides a succinct but comprehensive look at the fascinating world of ancient religious belief and practice in Mesopotamian region, also known as the modern Middle East.

Schneider's treats 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.

This succinct treatment makes an excellent supplemental reading selection for courses emphasizing the historical and broader religious context of the Old Testament, and will also serve well for all students of ancient history.

  1. Exploring Machines, Buildings, & Weaponry of Biblical Times
    Exploring Machines, Buildings, & Weaponry of Biblical Times
    Max Schwartz
    Thomas Nelson / 2003 / Hardcover
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Exploring Machines, Buildings, & Weaponry of Biblical Times adds a new dimension to your Bible reading. While many books discuss people and places of the Bible, this unique reference addresses the engineering feats of the ancient world. Sanitation systems, means of transportation, defensive weapons, housing and more are clearly explained through vivid descriptions and 211 accurate, original line drawings. Max Schwartz provides a fascinating study of Biblical engineering spanning from the Old Testament to the New, while also investigating the archaeological remains from other cultures. 250 pages, hardcover. Also includes a glossary of building terms at the back.

  1. Life in the Ancient Near East, 3100-332 B.C.
    Life in the Ancient Near East, 3100-332 B.C.
    Daniel C. Snell
    Yale University Press / 1998 / Trade Paperback
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(PUBYale University)"With this book, Snell fills a significant gap in the literature of the ancient Near East. This invaluable synthesis of a difficult subject will be welcomed by all teachers,"---Choice. Coalesces information from sociology, anthropology, politics, economics, archaeology, linguistics, religion, and technology. 296 pages, softcover.

  1. Libraries of the Ancient World
    Libraries of the Ancient World
    Lionel Casson
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This important book tells the story of ancient libraries from their very beginnings, when "books" were clay tablets and writing was a new phenomenon. Renowned classicist Lionel Casson takes us on a lively tour from the royal libraries of the ancient Near East, through the private and public libraries of Greece and Rome, down to the first Christian monastic libraries. Casson explains what books were acquired and how, who read them, how they were organized, and more.