The Aramaeans in Ancient Syria


The historical and cultural role of the Aramaeans in ancient Syria can hardly be overestimated. Thus The Aramaeans in Ancient Syria gives precise and up-to-date information on different aspects of Aramaean culture. To that end, history, society, economy and law, language and script, literature, religion, art and architecture of the Aramaean kingdoms of Syria from their beginnings in the 11 century B.C. until their end at approximately 720 B.C. are covered within the handbook. The wide survey of Aramaean culture in Syria is supplemented by overviews on the Aramaeans in Assyria, Babylonia, Phoenicia, Palestine, Egypt, North Arabia and on the Aramaean heritage in the Levant.

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Herbert Niehr, ThD. (1985), Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen, is Professor of Biblical Introduction and History of the Biblical Period at that university. He has published on West Semitic philology and religions including Götter und Kulte in Ugarit (von Zabern, 2004, co-authored with I. Cornelius) and Religionen in der Umwelt des Alten Testaments II. Phönizier, Punier, Aramäer (Kohlhammer, 2010, co-authored with C. Bonnet)
Preface (H.Niehr)
Chapter One Introduction (H.Niehr)
Chapter Two History (H. Sader)
Chapter Three Society, Institutions, Economy (D. Kühn)
Chapter Four Language and Script (H. Gzella)
Chapter Five Literature (P. Merlo)
Chapter Six Religion (H. Niehr)
Chapter Seven Art (D. Bonatz)
Chapter Eight Architecture (M. Novák)
Chapter Nine Outlook: Aramaeans outside of Syria
1. Assyria (M. Nissinen)
2. Babylonia (M.P. Streck)
3. Phoenicia (H. Niehr)
4. Palestine (A. Berlejung)
5. Egypt (A. Botta)
6. North Arabia (H. Niehr)
Chapter Ten Aramaean Heritage (J.F. Healey)
All interested in the history, archaeology, religion and philology of Syria, Old Testament scholars.
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