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Author: Hughson T. Ong
This book introduces sociolinguistic criticism to New Testament studies. The individual essays cover a wide range of sociolinguistic theories (multilingualism, speech communities and individuals, language and social domains, diglossia, digraphia, codeswitching, language maintenance and shift, communication accommodation theory, social identity theory, linguistic politeness theory, discourse analysis, conversation analysis, register analysis, interactional sociolinguistics, ethnography of communication, etc.) that treat topics and issues pertaining to the language and sociolinguistic contexts of the New Testament, social memory, orality and literacy, and the oral traditions of the Gospels, and various texts and genres in the New Testament.
Editors: Marco Moriggi and Siam Bhayro
The study of the Syriac magical traditions has largely been marginalised within Syriac studies, with the earliest treatments displaying a disparaging attitude towards both the culture and its magical practices. Despite significant progress in more recent scholarship in respect of the culture, its magical practices and their associated literatures remain on the margins of the scholarly imagination. This volume aims to open a discussion on the history of the field, to evaluate how things have progressed, and to suggest a fruitful way forward. In doing so, this volume demonstrates the incredible riches contained within the Syriac magical traditions, and the necessity of their study.
Sources of Warfare Leadership in Ancient Egypt. Ancient Warfare Series Volume 4
The study of the ancient Egyptian military and warfare now encompasses the background court society in which the various eulogies drawn up for the glorification of the kings were composed. This study proceeds from a previous analysis of the leadership characteristics of the military pharaohs to their underlying war records to the literary compositions that the pharaohs had drawn up for their glorification. A study of these court-inspired accounts fits within the overarching new perspectives of royally directed and inspired ancient Egyptian literature. The historical background covers the New Kingdom pharaohs Kamose, Thutmose III, Ramesses II and III, with Merenptah, plus Pianchy. The concentration is primarily upon the narrative structures employed in each of these king’s monumental inscriptions.
Author: Louise Quillien
Textiles were one of the most celebrated products of Near-Eastern craft in Antiquity. In Histoire des Textiles en Babylonie, 626–484 av. J.-C., Louise Quillien offers an analysis of textile manufacturing, exchanges and uses in Babylonian society. In a context where archaeological textile remains are rare, cuneiform texts provide rich information on this craft. The book demonstrates that through the study of objects, it is possible to highlight a whole section of the economy, culture, religion and social customs of an ancient society, and proposes to immerse the reader in the daily life of the inhabitants of Mesopotamia.
The Israel Oriental Studies Annual Dedicated to the Ancient Near East, Semitics, and Arabic
The IOS Annual will present volumes that focus on either a variety of topics listed below or, alternatively, a volume focused on a specific topic or issue. Contributions in English and Arabic are accepted. The use of Arabic will promote the diffusion of western linguistic approaches in the Arabic Sprachraum and the translation into Arabic of specific terms from new linguistic disciplines. All chapters will include an abstract and keywords in Arabic, English and Hebrew.

The Ancient Near Eastern section will hold articles relating to the cultures and languages of the pre-Islamic Near East, in general, Cuneiform Studies (Assyriology and Hittitology) and Egyptology. Topics will include languages, religion, history, and culture. Articles will range from text editions and traditional philology to digital humanities and big-data in ancient corpora. The intended readers are scholars of the ancient Near East and related fields, such as Biblical Studies, the Classics, and Archaeology of Mesopotamia, the Levant and the Mediterranean.

The Semitic Linguistics section will publish papers on original, innovative research on all branches of the Semitic linguistic family, also considering their Afroasiatic background. The section will be open to different linguistic approaches: from the more traditional historical and comparative methods, to cognition, semantics, pragmatics, corpus linguistics, linguistic anthropology, psycholinguistics and discourse analysis. The openness to contemporary linguistic approaches will be a unique platform for the young generations of Semitists, attracting scholars of spoken/modern Semitic languages who must address platforms of general linguistics, often not suitable for specialists of Semitic and Afroasiatic languages, as they do not strictly follow traditional historical and philological models. The intended readers are scholars and students of Semitic and Afroasiatic languages and cultures and scholars in all linguistic disciplines who want to access Semitic/Afroasiatic data.

The Arabic Language and Literature section will contain original articles on classical and contemporary Arabic linguistics and literature, with a particular stress on the medieval Arabic linguistic and literary traditions, their relations with other disciplines and cultures, and their modern offshoots. The intended readers are scholars and students of Arabic language and literature.
A Golah Polemic against the Autochthonous Inhabitants of the Land?
Author: William Krisel
Of all the tribes of Israel, why is Benjamin cast in the role of the villainous “other” in Judges 19-21? Krisel argues that the anti-Benjamin Tendenz in the narrative reflects economic, political and ideological tensions between the Golah community, the deportees who returned from Babylon during the early Persian period, and the people who had not gone into exile, who lived primarily in the Benjamin region. The hypothesis is supported by archaeological and survey data largely overlooked by biblical scholars and by a careful redaction history of the text. Krisel engages critically with the predominant scholarly view that Judges 19-21 uses “irony” to cast the explicit heroes in the narrative, the sons of Israel, as the implicit villains.
Within the main series Culture and History of the Ancient Near East (CHANE), the subseries Ancient Warfare aims at focussing on aspects of military history in the Ancient Near East, including Egypt and related areas that in the past were connected to Near Eastern political institutions and regions. The chronological framework includes Early Bronze Age societies up through the Iron Ages, with the possibility — in a cross-disciplinary and diachronic perspective — to enlarge the analyses of military institutions in the later periods of Egypt and the Near East. The impact of Hellenism and Rome in the east, including periods when western armies had to face well structured and organized forces of Parthians and Sassanians as well as Central Asia military organizations, is also within the purview of this subseries.

The subseries Ancient Warfare will include publications of specific monographic studies on military aspects as well as the proceedings of thematic conferences on the subject. Recent trends in the history of ancient warfare, books and miscellaneous collections of papers should be taken into consideration, and the outcomes, suggestions and guidelines of the “New Military History.”

This new line of research aims to go beyond the traditional limits and themes of studies on ancient warfare (particularly linked to the study and analysis of tactical and strategic aspects of warfare and technical detailed investigation of the function and mechanism of weapons). In particular, “New Military History” points out the necessity of cross-disciplinary studies that take into consideration economy, politics, culture and society.

The subseries Ancient Warfare is also devoted to specific technical studies of use and functions of weapons and military machines as well as to military practices on the battlefield, and to studies of military architecture, usually neglected or only partially considered in scholarship. However, attention should be pointed to the sociological and political implication of war as a cause of change and transformation of human society. Diachronic studies that develop the repercussions of war on economy and the organization of ancient cities and territories across time in the area of Egypt and the Near East are particularly welcome.
This book concerns the ancient rock-cut monuments carved throughout the Near East, paying particular attention to the fate of these monuments in the centuries after their initial production. As parts of the landscapes in which they were carved, they acquired new meanings in the cultural memory of the people living around them. The volume joins numerous recent studies on the reception of historical texts and artefacts, exploring the peculiar affordances of these long-lasting and often salient monuments. The volume gathers articles by archeologists, art historians, and philologists, covering the entire Near East, from Iran to Lebanon and from Turkey to Egypt. It also analyzes long-lasting textual traditions that aim to explain the origins and meaning of rock-cut monuments and other related carvings.
The electronic version of the Culture and History of the Ancient Near East series.

Culture and History of the Ancient Near East has become a primary forum for studying all aspects of ancient Near Eastern civilizations. Across a chronological and geographical swath, it covers religion, history, language, literature, thought, science, art and visual culture, and architecture. The series demands high scholarly standards and innovative approaches. It publishes monographs and collected volumes in English, French, and German.