This book is devoted to the analysis of borders of the Aramaean polities and territories during the 10th–8th centuries B.C.E. Specialists dealing with various types of documents (Neo-Assyrian, Aramaic, Phoenician, Neo-Hittite and Hebrew texts), invited by Jan Dušek and Jana Mynářová, addressed the topic of the borders of the Aramaean territories in the context of the history of three geographical areas during the first three centuries of the 1st millennium B.C.E.: northern Mesopotamia and the Assyrian space, northern Levant, and southern Levant. The book is particularly relevant to those interested in the history and historical geography of the Levant during the Iron Age.
“Studies directly relevant to ancient Israel and others demonstrating historical geography’s limitations make an instructive volume.”
-Alan Millard, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 44.5 (2020)
Doc. Jan Dušek, Ph.D. (2005), École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, works as a researcher at the Charles University in Prague. He has published on the Aramaic epigraphy including Les manuscrits araméens du Wadi Daliyeh et la Samarie vers 450-332 av. J.-C. (Brill, 2007), and Aramaic and Hebrew Inscriptions from Mt. Gerizim and Samaria between Antiochus III and Antiochus IV Epiphanes (Brill, 2012).
Doc. PhDr. Jana Mynářová, Ph.D. (2004), Charles University, Prague, is Associate Professor of Egyptology at the Czech Institute of Egyptology, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague. She specializes in the relations between Egypt and the Ancient Near East in the 2nd millennium B.C.E. with special attention given to the corpus of the Amarna tablets (Language of Amarna - Language of Diplomacy. Perspectives on the Amarna Letters, Charles University, 2007).
Notes on Contributors
Part 1: Aramaeans and Assyria
1 At the Limits of Historical Geography: Reconstructing Aramaean Territories in the West according to the Neo-Assyrian Written Sources
Ariel M. Bagg 2 A People Without Borders? Tracing the Shifting Identities and Territorialities of the Ahlameans
Alexander J. Edmonds 3 The Tell Fekheriye Inscription and the Western Assyrian Border in the Late 9th Century
Jana Mynářová & Jan Dušek 4 The Aramaean Presence in the Northern Zagros during the Middle and Neo-Assyrian Periods
Dlshad A. Marf 5 Gurraeans and Ituʾaeans in the Service of the Assyrian Empire
Part 2: Aramaeans and Northern and Central Levant
6 Aramaean Borders: The Hieroglyphic Luwian Evidence
Zsolt Simon 7 What Do We Know about the Borders and Exchanges between Aram and Phoenicia in the 9th–8th Centuries
in Anatolia and Syria?
Maria Giulia Amadasi Guzzo 8 The Kingdom of Arpad/Bīt-Agūsi: Its Capital, and Its Borders
Jan Dušek 9 The Fluctuating Borders of Hamath (10th–8th Centuries
Part 3: Aramaeans and Southern Levant
10 Biblical Ṣobah: A Location Attempt
Gaby Abousamra 11 The Boundary between the Aramaean Kingdom of Damascus and the Kingdom of Israel
André Lemaire 12 Borders between Aram-Damascus and Israel: A Historical Investigation
Index of geographical names, ancient and modern
All interested in the historical geography of Syria and the history of the Aramaeans in the Iron Age.