In the Shadow of Bezalel. Aramaic, Biblical, and Ancient Near Eastern Studies in Honor of Bezalel Porten

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Twenty nine scholars from Israel, Europe and the Americas came together to honor and celebrate Prof. Bezalel Porten's (Emeritus, Dept. of History of the Jewish People, Hebrew University of Jerusalem) academic career. Covering a wide variety of topics within Aramaic, Biblical, and ancient Near Eastern Studies, In the Shadow of Bezalel offers new insights and proposals in the areas of Aramaic language, paleography, onomastica and lexicography; ancient Near Eastern legal traditions, Hebrew Bible, and social history of the Persian period.
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Biographical Note

Alejandro F. Botta, Ph.D. summa cum laude, Dept. of History of the Jewish People, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2002) is Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at Boston University School of Theology. His most recent publication is The Aramaic and Egyptian Legal Traditions at Elephantine: An Egyptological Approach (2009).

Table of contents

Preface
Mr. Elephantine, Bezalel Porten
Bezalel Porten Curriculum Vitae
List of Contributors
Tabula Gratulatoria
Abbreviations
Aramaic Studies / Elephantine
Chapter 1: Women of Elephantine and Women in the Land of Israel Annalisa Azzoni
Chapter 2: Der Wandel des Aramäischen veranschaulicht durch Transkriptionen alter aramäischer Texte Klaus Beyer
Chapter 3: Three Additional Aramaic-Egyptian Parallel Legal Terms/Formulae Alejandro F. Botta
Chapter 4: The Career of Some Elephantine and Murašu Scribes and Witnesses Eleonora Cussini
Chapter 5: Phoenician and Aramaic Inscriptions from Abusir Jan Dušek and Jana Mynářová
Chapter 6: On ¯Îשׁ, rakkasu, and raksu Frederick Mario Fales
Chapter 7: Rare Demonstrative Pronouns in Targum Onqelos: :ןנ and דיכי Margaretha Folmer
Chapter 8: Elephantine and the Torah Lester L. Grabbe
Chapter 9: Gleanings from the Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon II: Notes on the State of Modern Syriac Lexicography Stephen Kaufman
Chapter 10: Le Dialecte Araméen de L'inscription De Kuttamuwa (Zencirli, Viiie S. Av. N. È.) Andre Lemaire
Chapter 11: Clermont-Ganneau 253: une revisite et un reclassement obliges Hélène Lozachmeur
Chapter 12: Epistolographische Elemente in den neuveröffentlichten aramäischen Ostrakonbriefen aus Elephantine (Sammlung Clermont-Ganneau) Dirk Schwiderski
Chapter 13: Le phénomène de mutation des interdentales en araméen, ou la Quête de «la langue parfaite». De la réforme orthographique à l'époque perse à la différenciation maxima Ursula Schattner-Rieser
Chapter 14: Die „Festung“ von Elephantine in der Spätzeit –Anmerkungen zum archäologischen Befund Cornelius von Pilgrim
Chapter 15: Twelve Published and Unpublished Jewish Aramaic Ostraca Written in the ‘Jewish' Cursive Script Ada Yardeni
Biblical Studies
Chapter 16: Metaphor in the Book of Psalms or the Book of Psalms as Metaphor? Stephen A. Geller
Chapter 17: Revisiting the Date of King Josiah's Death Dan’el Kahn
Chapter 18: "Wisdom is of the Gods;” An Aramaic Antecedent to Proverbs 8 (Or: The Case of the Vanishing Evidence!) James M. Lindenberger
Chapter 19: Does the Enigmatic Phrase שְׁבֻעוֹת מַטּוֹת אֹמֶר (Hab 3:9) Represent Liturgical Glosses? David Marcus
Chapter 20: Philological Notes on the David-Bathsheba Story I Takamitsu Muraoka
Chapter 21: The First Born/Eldest Son of Death/The Underworld, Job 18:13 Shalom M. Paul
Chapter 22: A Poem within a Poem: Some Literary Aspects of the Lament for Saul and Jonathan Jan-Wim Wesselius
Ancient Near Eastern Studies
Chapter 23: The Role of the Governor in Persian Imperial Administration Lisbeth S. Fried
Chapter 24: Emar and the Elephantine Papyri Andrew D. Gross
Chapter 25: Setting Another Tablet Right: the Ugaritic Text RS 2.[031] Dennis Pardee
Chapter 26: Ad Nomen Argumenta: Personal Names as Pejorative Puns in Ancient Texts Christopher A. Rollston
Chapter 27: The Archive of Šamaš-Šarra-Uṣur from Calah Ran Zadok
Chapter 28: Der ägyptische Name der Juden Karl-Theodor Zauzich

Readership

All interested in ancient Near Eastern Studies, Aramaic language, Biblical Studies, Egyptology, North West Semitic, Elephantine papyri, and ancient Near Eastern law.

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