Puzzling Out the Past

Studies in Northwest Semitic Languages and Literatures in Honor of Bruce Zuckerman


Bruce Zuckerman has transformed the way we look at ancient Semitic inscriptions. Through his efforts, the most important inscriptions of biblical times have been reread and the history of the biblical and Second Temple periods reimagined. He has made contributions to the fields of biblical studies and modern Judaism, and, in founding Maarav: A Journal for the Study of the Northwest Semitic Languages and Literatures, has made the research of many scholars available to the scholarly community. The series of articles included here honor his many contributions through discussions of a wide variety of inscriptional materials, Biblical texts, archaeology, lexicography and teaching methodology. Included in the volume is a republication of his path breaking exhibition catalogue, Puzzling Out the Past.
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Biographical Note

Marilyn J. Lundberg (Claremont Graduate University, 1995) is Associate Director of West Semitic Research and Adjunct Associate Professor at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. She is co-editor of The Dead Sea Scrolls Catalogue published by Scholars Press in 1994.

Steven Fine, Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University, is a cultural historian, specializing in Jewish history in the Greco-Roman period. With an MA in Art History/Museum Studies from USC, Fine was founding curator of the USC Archaeology Research Center (1983–1987).

Wayne T. Pitard (Harvard, 1982), is Professor of Hebrew Bible at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Director of the Spurlock Museum. He is co-author, with Mark S. Smith, of The Ugaritic Baal Cycle, Volume II (2009).

Table of contents

“Where Will Yehoyišmaʿ Go?”: A Reconsideration of TAD B3.8
Annalisa Azzoni
Yet Another Jewish Tombstone from Late Antique Zoar/Zoora: The Funerary Marker of Hannah Daughter of Levi
Jacob Bitton and Nathan Dweck and Steven Fine
4Q541, Fragment 24 Reconsidered
Edward Cook
Space, Line, and the Written Biblical Poem in Texts from the Judaean Desert
Chip Dobbs-Allsopp
An Inscribed Bulla with Grazing Doe from Tel ‘Eton
Avraham Faust and Esther Eshel
Torah and Testament: Teaching and Learning Scripture in Dialogue and in Hermeneutics
Zev Garber
Methodological Principles in Determining that the So-Called Jehoash Tablet is Inauthentic
Edward Greenstein
Gleanings from the Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon I: Previously Unknown Syriac Words
Stephen Kaufman
Job 19 in the Light of the Ketef Hinnom Inscriptions and Amulets
Theodore Lewis
New Drawings and Photographs of Four Cypriot Inscriptions
Marilyn J. Lundberg
An Inscribed Arrowhead of a Crown Prince of Babylon
P. Kyle McCarter, Jr.
Jonah 2:7—The Descent to the Netherworld
Shalom Paul
Nodding Scribe and Heavy Thumb: New Readings in CAT 1.14
Wayne Pitard
New Lighting on the Amarna Letters
Anson Rainey†
An Old Hebrew Stone Inscription from the City of David: A Trained Hand and a Remedial Hand on the Same Inscription
Christopher Rollston
Why was ‘Old Poetry’ Used in Hebrew Narrative? Historical and Cultural Considerations about Judges 5
Mark Smith
Squeezing Blood from a Stone: The Archaeological Context of the Incirli Inscription
Lynn Swartz Dodd
Mesha’s ryt in the Context of Moabite and Israelite Bloodletting
Ziony Zevit


All those interested in Northwest Semitic languages and inscriptions, biblical studies, and methodological issues relating to those fields.


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