Wednesday, July 06, 2022

Concerning the Goddess of Ancient Israel

THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST TODAY: Who’s Afraid of the Goddess of Ancient Israel? (Dvora Lederman Daniely).
The realization that the metaphorical relationship described in the Bible between Yahweh and his spouse may have originally constituted an actual mythological relationship between God and a Goddess, requires a rethinking of the theological implications that arise.
I noted the publication of the author's book, Sarai: Is she the Goddess of ancient Israel?, here.

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Fleming Festschrift (Brill)

NEW BOOK FROM BRILL:
“A Community of Peoples”

Studies on Society and Politics in the Bible and Ancient Near East in Honor of Daniel E. Fleming

Series: Harvard Semitic Studies

Editors: Mahri Leonard-Fleckman, Lauren A.S. Monroe, Michael J. Stahl, and Dylan R. Johnson

A “Community of Peoples”: Studies on Society and Politics in the Bible and Ancient Near East in Honor of Daniel E. Fleming draws together a diverse community of scholars to honor the career of Daniel E. Fleming as a historian of the Bible and ancient Near East.

Together, these scholars participate in a dynamic historical enterprise, each one positioning themself along a Middle Eastern spatial-temporal continuum stretching from the Old Babylonian to the Persian periods. Each contributor attempts to touch a sliver of ancient history, whether a particular person or community, a text or visual image or scribal process. They do so through a diversity of methods and disciplines, which together reflect the possibilities and promises for history writing.

The Harvard Semitic Studies series publishes volumes from the Harvard Semitic Museum. Other series offered by Brill that publish volumes from the Museum include Studies in the Archaeology and History of the Levant and Harvard Semitic Monographs, https://semiticmuseum.fas.harvard.edu/publications.

Copyright Year: 2022

E-Book (PDF)
Availability: Published
ISBN: 978-90-04-51153-8
Publication date: 09 May 2022

Prices from (excl. VAT): €250.00 / $300.00
Hardback
Availability: Published
ISBN: 978-90-04-51152-1
Publication date: 05 May 2022

Congratulations to Daniel Fleming!

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Tuesday, July 05, 2022

Hopkins, ... Religious Sacrifice in the Dead Sea Scrolls (Gorgias)

NEW BOOK FROM GORGIAS PRESS:
CULTIC SPIRITUALIZATION
Religious Sacrifice in the Dead Sea Scrolls

By Jamal-Dominique Hopkins

Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-4241-1
Formats Hardback (also ebook)

Publication Status: In Print
Series: Perspectives on Hebrew Scriptures and its Contexts 33
Publication Date: Apr 26,2022
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 393
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4241-1

Price: $110.95
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Since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls beginning in 1947, its material witness and evocative content have captured the religious imagination of scholars and the general public alike. Hailed as one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century, the excavated material content has illuminated and revitalized the vast fields of biblical-related scholarship. To date, investigation of the material discoveries related to religious sacrifice has received limited attention. In this study, Jamal-Dominique Hopkins examines the traces of the life and archaeology of Qumran, and the cherished views of sacrifice in the non-biblical sectarian Dead Sea Scrolls. Hopkins explores the historical and ideological development of the Jewish priestly movement related to the scrolls, focusing predominantly on the vantage point of the movement’s later offshoot group known as the Qumran community. This panoramic examination of sacrifice in the Dead Sea Scrolls offers a historical reconstruction of this principal community and its gripping story. Hopkins reveals the development of a community, from its pre-Qumranic to Qumranic settlement stages, which chose to spiritualize the Jerusalem temple and sacrificial practices. As a consequence of being driven into the Qumran desert, in the absence of the physical temple in Jerusalem, this nomadic priestly community viewed itself as “temple.” In exchange for actual animal sacrifice, through the acts of prayer and praise, the community offered the fruit of their lips as an alternative modality of sacrifice. In leaving the larger community, this Qumran community thus became an eschatological community engaging in the practice of cultic spiritualization.

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Monday, July 04, 2022

July 4th

HAPPY AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY to all those celebrating!

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Archaeology in the Gaza Strip

ARCHAEOLOGY UNDER PRESSURE: Buried under the impoverished Gaza Strip, a rich archaeological heritage. But would-be excavators are facing a constant battle against construction to meet urgent housing needs for the rapidly expanding population, and the devastation wrought by war (AP and Times of Israel).

For the discovery of that Roman-era necropolis in Gaza, see here and here. And for more on the reopening of the late-antique Saint Hilarion Monastery, follow the relevant link.

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$1M to UCSD for techno-archaeology

TECHNOLOGY WATCH: UCSD gets $1M gift to expand archaeological studies of Israel, eastern Mediterranean. The ‘cyber-archaeology’ will involve flying drones and underwater cameras (Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune). HT Rogue Classicism.
UC San Diego has received a $1 million bequest from the late Orange County philanthropist Norma Kershaw to expand its wide-ranging archaeological studies in the eastern Mediterranean, particularly Israel.

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Ackerman, Women and the Religion of Ancient Israel (Yale)

NEW BOOK FROM YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS:
Women and the Religion of Ancient Israel

by Susan Ackerman
Imprint: Yale University Press

Series: The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library

576 Pages, 6.12 x 9.25 in, 39 b-w illus.

Hardcover
9780300141788
Published: Tuesday, 19 Apr 2022
$50.00

Description

A synthetic reconstruction of women's religious engagement and experiences in preexilic Israel

“This monumental book examines a wealth of data from the Bible, archaeology, and ancient Near Eastern texts and iconography to provide a clear, comprehensive, and compelling analysis of women's religious lives in preexilic times."—Carol Meyers, Duke University

Throughout the biblical narrative, ancient Israelite religious life is dominated by male actors. When women appear, they are often seen only on the periphery: as tangential, accidental, or passive participants. However, despite their absence from the written record, they were often deeply involved in religious practice and ritual observance.

In this new volume, Susan Ackerman presents a comprehensive account of ancient Israelite women's religious lives and experiences. She examines the various sites of their practice, including household shrines, regional sanctuaries, and national temples; the calendar of religious rituals that women observed on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis; and their special roles in religious settings. Drawing on texts, archaeology, and material culture, and documenting the distinctions between Israelite women's experiences and those of their male counterparts, Ackerman reconstructs an essential picture of women's lived religion in ancient Israelite culture.

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Sunday, July 03, 2022

More on Ross, Postclassical Greek and Septuagint Lexicography

WILLIAM A. ROSS: BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT: POSTCLASSICAL GREEK AND SEPTUAGINT LEXICOGRAPHY.

I already noted the recent publication of this book. But Dr. Ross gives us some personal background about it in this post.

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Hardy, The Development of Biblical Hebrew Prepositions (SBL)

NEW BOOK FROM SBL PRESS:
The Development of Biblical Hebrew Prepositions

H. H. Hardy

ISBN 9781628374230
Volume ANEM 28
Status Available
Publication Date April 2022
Paperback $49.00
Hardback $69.00

A robust theoretical and empirical study using a linguistically grounded and data-driven approach

The Development of Biblical Hebrew Prepositions presents an analysis of the sources and diachronic developments of forty-one simple and multiword prepositions in the Hebrew Bible from the viewpoint of grammaticalization within a historical-linguistics framework. The study contributes a detailed corpus-based accounting of the variation evidenced by the usages of Biblical Hebrew prepositions and provides a descriptive model of the emergence of this linguistic subsystem. Furthermore, it demonstrates the value of integrating diachronic linguistics and philological approaches in the investigation of grammar, providing for an exhaustive language-internal description.

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Saturday, July 02, 2022

Review of Harrington, The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah (NICOT, Eerdmans)

READING ACTS: Hannah K. Harrington, The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah (NICOT) (Phil Long).
Harrington, Hannah K. The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah. New International Commentary on the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2022. 529 pp. Hb; $52.00

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Conclusion. Hannah Harrington’s commentary on Ezra-Nehemiah is an excellent contribution to the study of these two books, but also an introduction to the theology and practice of Second Temple Judaism. Her focus on Ezra-Nehemiah as an early witness to developments in later Judaism and Christianity makes this an especially valuable book. The excurses are worth the price of the commentary alone!

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Schmidt, Hippolytus of Rome's Commentary on Daniel (Gorgias)

NEW BOOK FROM GORGIAS PRESS:
HIPPOLYTUS OF ROME'S COMMENTARY ON DANIEL
By T. C. Schmidt

Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-4436-1
Formats: Paperback

Publication Status: In Print
Series: Gorgias Studies in Early Christianity and Patristics 79
Publication Date: Apr 26,2022
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 217
Language: Englishv ISBN: 978-1-4632-4436-1

Price: $37.00
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In his Commentary on Daniel, the earliest extant Christian commentary, Hippolytus interprets the deeds and visions of Daniel against the backdrop of contemporary Roman persecution and eschatological expectation, thus providing much information about Christian affairs in the early third century. Throughout the commentary Hippolytus further discusses his distinctive Logos theology and also makes mention of various liturgical practices evolving baptism, anointing, the celebration of Easter and perhaps the date of Christmas.

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Friday, July 01, 2022

Review of Marlow et al. (eds.), Eschatology in antiquity: forms and functions

BRYN MAYR CLASSICAL REVIEW: Eschatology in antiquity: forms and functions.
Hilary Marlow, Karla Pollmann, Helen Van Noorden, Eschatology in antiquity: forms and functions. Rewriting antiquity. Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge, 2021. Pp. xxiv, 629. ISBN 9781138208315 $200.00.

Review by
Joel Gordon, University of Otago. joel.gordon@otago.ac.nz

Eschatology in antiquity is, as its editors rightly claim (p.1), the first volume of its kind: an exploration of various eschatologies originating from the numerous societies and cultures within the Mediterranean throughout the period broadly identified as ‘antiquity’ (25th century BCE to 9th century CE). While such breadth of scope is a common feature of Routledge’s Rewriting Antiquity series, this is the first time that (ancient) eschatology has been addressed within a single tome. ...

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SOTS Book List 2022

IN THE MAIL:
John Jarick (ed.), Society for Old Testament Study Book List 2022 (= JSOT 46.5) (London: Sage, 2021)

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New funding for the Gozo shipwreck

PUNIC WATCH: Government to fund further studies on Punic wreck off Xlendi (Malta Independent).
The government has committed €140,000 through an agreement with the University of Malta for continued studies on an underwater Punic wreck off the coast of Xlendi.

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This is also known as the Gozo Phoenician shipwreck. Xlendi Bay is at the village of Xlendi on the island of Gozo. Cross-file under Phoenician Watch.

For many other PaleoJudaica posts on ancient shipwrecks, see here and here and links . Cross-file under Marine (Maritime, Underwater) Archaeology.

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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Ashkelon reinstates Roman gods

ANCIENT STATUARY: Statues of Roman goddesses returned to rightful place of honor at Tel Ashkelon. The remains of five marble statues have been rescued from anonymity and placed standing using a special frame between the southern portion of the basilica and the odeon, a small covered theater (Judith Sudilovsky, Jerusalem Post).

Not mentioned by name in the article, but the late Prof. Larry Stager directed the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon from 1985 to 2016.

There are many PaleoJudaica posts on Ashkelon and its excavation.

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Open-rank Rabbinics job(s) at U Chicago Divinity School

THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO:
Rabbinic Judaism (open rank), Divinity School

Divinity School
Position Type: Faculty
Hyde Park
Jun 27, 2022

Description

The University of Chicago Divinity School seeks scholar(s) for one or more positions in the study of Rabbinic Judaism for an appointment date of July 1, 2023. Rank and salary are open. We welcome applications at the assistant professor, associate professor, and full professor ranks.

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Follow the link for further particulars. "Review of applications will begin on September 1, 2022, and will continue until the position(s) is/are filled or the search is closed."

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Prof. David Weiss Halivni z'l'

SAD NEWS: David Weiss Halivni, pillar of Talmudic scholarship, Holocaust survivor, dies age 94. A prodigy, Halivni received rabbinic ordination at 15, won the Israel Prize and molded generations of scholars in US and Israel, teaching well into his 90s (Amanda Borschel-Dan, Times of Israel).

H-JUDAIC also has a note of his passing, with links and the full text of the Encyclopaedia Judaica article about him: Passing of Prof. David Weiss Halivni.

Some PaleoJudaica posts on his work are here, here, and here.

May his memory be for a blessing.

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