A Grammar of Akkadian
Huehnergard J. A Grammar of Akkadian.; 2011. Publisher's VersionAbstract

In the third edition of A Grammar of Akkadian, changes have been made in the section on the nom­i­n­al morpheme -ån (§20.2) and the sections on the meaning of the D stem (§24.3) and the Gt stem (§33.1(b)); these revisions reflect recent scholarship in Akkadian grammar. For those who have earlier editions of the book, pdfs of these revisions are available here (PDF).

Other changes include minor revisions in wording in the presentation of the grammar in a few other sections; a number of new notes to some of the readings; additions to the glosses of a small number of words in the lesson vocabularies (and the Glossary and English–Akkadian word list); and updates of the resources available for the study of Akkadian, and of the bibliography.

A new appendix (F) has been added, giving Hebrew and other Semitic cognates of the Akkadian words in the lesson vocabularies. This appendix is also available here (PDF).

The pagination of the first and second editions has for the most part been retained, apart from the insertion of the new appendix and a few minor deviations elsewhere.

Ashkelon 5: The Land behind Ashkelon
Huster Y. Ashkelon 5: The Land behind Ashkelon.; 2015. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Combining old surveys with new material from salvage excavations, The Land behind Ashkelon provides a wide regional context for the excavations at Tel Ashkelon. This volume is a distillation of numerous excavations by many talented archaeologists, brought together by Yaakov Huster, a man who has devoted his life to preserving the cultural heritage of the Ashkelon region.

Yaakov Huster has not only revisited older surveys but has also taken into account the enormous amount of new information collected by the archaeologists of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) over the last several decades. This volume synthesizes all available data to create the most accurate and updated regional survey of the Ashkelon region to date. As such, it is an invaluable resource to anyone studying Ashkelon and its hinterland.

Sea Peoples of the Northern Levant? Aegean-Style Pottery from Early Iron Age Tell Tayinat
Janeway B. Sea Peoples of the Northern Levant? Aegean-Style Pottery from Early Iron Age Tell Tayinat. Harvard Semitic Museum / Eisenbrauns; 2017. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Did an invasion of the Sea Peoples cause the collapse of the Late Bronze Age palace-based economies of the Levant, as well as of the Hittite Empire? Renewed excavations at Tell Tayinat in southeast Turkey are shedding new light on the critical transitional phase of the Late Bronze/Early Iron Age (ca. 1200–1000 B.C.), a period that in the Northern Levant has until recently been considered a “Dark Age,” due in large part to the few extant textual sources relating to its history. However, recently discovered epigraphic data from both the site and the surrounding region suggest the formation of an Early Iron Age kingdom that fused Hieroglyphic Luwian monumental script with a strong component of Aegeanizing cultural elements. The capital of this putative/erstwhile kingdom appears to have been located at Tell Tayinat in the Amuq Valley.

More specifically, this formal stylistic analysis examines a distinctive painted pottery known as Late Helladic IIIC found at the site of Tayinat during several seasons of excavation. The assemblage includes examples of Aegean-style bowls, kraters, and amphorae bearing an array of distinctive decorative features. A key objective of the study distinguishes Aegean stylistic characteristics both in form and in painted motifs from those inspired by the indigenous culture.

Drawing on a wide range of parallels from Philistia through the Levant, Anatolia, the Aegean Sea, the Greek Mainland, and Cyprus, this research begins to fill a longstanding lacuna in the Amuq Valley and attempts to correlate with major historical and cultural trends in the Northern Levant and beyond.


Biblical Metaphor Reconsidered: A Cognitive Approach to Poetic Prophecy in Jeremiah 1-24
Jindo JY. Biblical Metaphor Reconsidered: A Cognitive Approach to Poetic Prophecy in Jeremiah 1-24.; 2010. Publisher's VersionAbstract

How do we understand the characteristically extensive presence of imagery in biblical prophecy? Poetic metaphor in prophetic writings has commonly been understood solely as an artistic flourish intended to create certain rhetorical effects. It thus appears expendable and unrelated to the core content of the composition—however engaging it may be, aesthetically or otherwise. Job Jindo invites us to reconsider this convention. Applying recent studies in cognitive science, he explores how we can view metaphor as the very essence of poetic prophecy—namely, metaphor as an indispensable mode to communicate prophetic insight. Through a cognitive reading of Jeremiah 1-24, Jindo amply demonstrates the advantage and heuristic ramifications of this approach in biblical studies.

Ashkelon 2: Imported Pottery of the Roman and Late Roman Periods
Johnson BL. Ashkelon 2: Imported Pottery of the Roman and Late Roman Periods.; 2008. Publisher's VersionAbstract

The seaport of Ashkelon flourished under Roman and Byzantine rulers. Its far-flung maritime connections are reflected in the imported pottery found by the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon. Dr. Barbara L. Johnson brings a wealth of expertise and many years of experience to her study of this material, presenting and identifying a diverse array of vessels that illuminate the trading networks that knitted together the Mediterranean world.

The Function of the Tautological Infinitive in Classical Biblical Hebrew
Kim Y-K. The Function of the Tautological Infinitive in Classical Biblical Hebrew.; 2009. Publisher's VersionAbstract

One of the intriguing and insufficiently understood features of Biblical Hebrew is the use of an infinitive form alongside a finite verb of the same root. The function of this construction has generally been understood as serving to provide some kind of emphasis. However, neither translations nor grammars are consistently able to explain what is being emphasized by the use of this construction. This volume, which is a revision of the author’s Ph.D. dissertation at the Johns Hopkins University (2006), examines the tautological infinitive construction in Classical Biblical Hebrew (that is, the Hebrew written during the First Temple Period, more or less equivalent to the material in Genesis–2 Kings, excluding "P") in order to give a coherent and consistent explanation of its function. In a final chapter, Kim discusses the use of the tautological infinitive in Classical Biblical Hebrew in relation to its use in non-Classical biblical texts and Semitic languages in order to set it in a broader context.

Two Nations Under God: The Deuteronomistic History of Solomon and the Dual Monarchies, Volume 1:The Reign of Solomon and the Rise of Jeroboam
Knoppers GN. Two Nations Under God: The Deuteronomistic History of Solomon and the Dual Monarchies, Volume 1:The Reign of Solomon and the Rise of Jeroboam.; 1993. Publisher's Version
Two Nations under God: The Deuteronomistic History of Solomon and the Dual Monarchies, Volume 2: The Reign of Jeroboam, the Fall of Israel, and the Reign of Josiah
Knoppers GN. Two Nations under God: The Deuteronomistic History of Solomon and the Dual Monarchies, Volume 2: The Reign of Jeroboam, the Fall of Israel, and the Reign of Josiah.; 1994. Publisher's Version
Markedness in Canaanite and Hebrew Verbs
Korchin P. Markedness in Canaanite and Hebrew Verbs.; 2008. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Semitic linguistics is arguably involved in its own version of a "maximalist versus minimalist" controversy with respect to verbal morphology. Dissent persists about whether and to what degree the Northwest Semitic verb paradigms underlying languages such as Biblical Hebrew and Amarna Canaanite (yaqtul, yaqtulu, yaqtula) are themselves determinative of tense-aspect-mood values, as opposed to extra-verbal structures ranging from syntax to discourse. To label a verb form as marked or unmarked for these values is to evoke a bountiful yet nebulous complex of theories about how language is built and employed. But Semitists have often unwittingly bleached markedness terms of their full historical and technical significance, reducing them to generic appellations that are invoked in sporadic and nearly random fashions. By applying markedness to Semitic morphology in a consistent and rigorous manner, this innovative book brings to bear a venerable linguistic construct on a persistent philological crux, in order to achieve deeper clarity in the structures and workings of Canaanite and Hebrew verbs. Korchin's arguments hold relevance for translating and interpreting nearly every sentence in ancient texts such as the Hebrew Bible and the Amarna letters.

Introduction to Classical Ethiopic (Ge'ez)
Lambdin TO. Introduction to Classical Ethiopic (Ge'ez).; 1978. Publisher's VersionAbstract

his text is designed to provide a detailed but carefully graded introduction to the grammar and basic vocabulary of classical Ethiopic. The material covered in this introduction will instruct the beginning Ethiopicist and fine tune the dedicated Semitist into the details of this important cognate language.

"Of Wood and Stone": The Significance of Israelite Cultic Items in the Bible and Its Early Interpreters
LaRocca-Pitts EC. "Of Wood and Stone": The Significance of Israelite Cultic Items in the Bible and Its Early Interpreters.; 2001. Publisher's VersionAbstract

The Hebrew Bible contains varying opinions concerning which cultic items or objects used in worship were appropriate for use within YHWHism and which were not. By analyzing every passage which mentions "high places" (bamot), sacred trees or poles (asherim), standing stones, altars, and cultic statuary, this study reveals that a remarkable diversity of cultic practices fell within the bounds of acceptability in ancient Israel. Also included are three chapters exploring the particular understandings of these items in the LXX, Vulgate, Targumim, and other early Jewish sources. Opposing the long-held generalization that use of these items was unanimously viewed by biblical authors as syncretistic, this study shows that, with the exception of cultic statuary, all of these items were, at one time or another, legitimate components of Israelite worship. Thus they provide witness to a diversity of theologies and ritual practices within YHWHism previously unappreciated.

Archaic Features of Canaanite Personal Names in the Hebrew Bible
Layton SC. Archaic Features of Canaanite Personal Names in the Hebrew Bible.; 1990. Publisher's Version
'Aserah: Extrabiblical Evidence
Maier WA. 'Aserah: Extrabiblical Evidence. [Internet]. 1986. Publisher's Version
Akkadian Loanwords in Biblical Hebrew
Mankowski PV. Akkadian Loanwords in Biblical Hebrew.; 2000. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Akkadian Loanwords in Biblical Hebrew is an in-depth examination of Hebrew words that are of Akkadian origin or transmitted via Akkadian into the Hebrew lexicon. The first book-length treatment of the subject to appear in 90 years, this study provides a detailed treatment in dictionary form of the most plausible borrowings, including so-called semantic loans or loan-adaptations. A comprehensive analysis of Hebrew phonetic imitation of Akkadian words, with special attention to the influence of the Assyrian and Babylonian dialects, yields some new information on the phonology of the donor language during the loan period. This book will be of interest to Hebraists, Assyriologists, lexicographers, and students of Semitic philology.

The Chronicler's Use of the Deuteronomistic History
McKenzie SL. The Chronicler's Use of the Deuteronomistic History.; 1985. Publisher's VersionAbstract

This volume, now reprinted in paperback, was the first of McKenzie's publications on the work of the biblical Chronicler. Twenty years later, McKenzie has added many more articles and a number of books to the corpus of his work on the topic, and he has come to be known as one of the leading figures in Chronicles studies. But the original volume retains its value, due to the careful study that McKenzie made of the relationship between the Chronicler's historical approach, methodology, and use of materials and the information found in the Deuteronomistic History. The detailed, text-by-text comparison of key passages and the conclusions that McKenzie draws thus remain important for all who continue to work on the history and historical writings of the exilic and postexilic periods of Israel's history.

The Messenger in the Ancient Semitic World
Meier SA. The Messenger in the Ancient Semitic World.; 1989. Publisher's Version
Amarna Studies: Collected Writings
Moran WL. Amarna Studies: Collected Writings. (Huehnergard J, Izre'el S).; 2003. Publisher's VersionAbstract

In this volume are collected all of the writings Moran devoted to the Amarna letters over more than four decades, including his doctoral dissertation, which has been one of the most widely cited unpublished works in ancient Near Eastern studies. A citation index makes Professor Moran's comments on individual texts readily accessible.

Studies in Jewish Babylonian Aramaic Based Upon Early Eastern Manuscripts
Morgenstern M. Studies in Jewish Babylonian Aramaic Based Upon Early Eastern Manuscripts.; 2011. Publisher's VersionAbstract

This book is the first wide-ranging study of the grammar of the Babylonian Aramaic used in the Talmud and post-Talmudic Babylonian literature (henceforth: Rabbinic Babylonian Aramaic) to be published in English in a century. The book takes as its starting point the long-recognized problem of the corrupt nature of the later textual witnesses of Babylonian Rabbinic literature and seeks both to establish criteria for the identification of accurate textual witnesses and describe the grammar of Rabbinic Babylonian Aramaic. The book is both programmatic and descriptive: it lays the foundations for future research into the dialect while clarifying numerous points of grammar, many of which have not been discussed systematically in the available scholarly literature.

Following a critical survey of the currently available scholarly tools, the book considers the rôle of the Yemenite textual and reading traditions in the study of Rabbinic Babylonian Aramaic. While some previous authorities have regarded this tradition as a primary source for grammatical study of the dialect, by comparing the data of the earliest manuscripts to the forms employed in the Yemenite traditions, the present book demonstrates that the Yemenite traditions have been subject to secondary changes. Accordingly, it is concluded here that only the early eastern manuscripts preserve the dialect in its original form.

The next chapter considers the problem of linguistic variation within the corpus. It is well established that the Talmudic literature employs a wide range of alternative grammatical forms. Several explanations have been proposed for this phenomenon. Some authorities have suggested that it arises from dialectal differences, while others have proposed that it represents the use of different literary registers. An alternative explanation is that the language was altered during the course of textual transmission. This study shows that none of these explanations can account for the wide extent of the phenomenon, which is found in the best textual witnesses and in ostensibly uniform contexts. It is argued that all of proposed explanations may partially account for the interchanges but, ultimately, the lack of a literary standard leads to the use of different forms.

Syntax is often regarded as being one of the linguistic areas least affected by textual transmission. However, the early manuscripts show that Rabbinic Babylonian Aramaic employs a defined series of syntactic structures to mark the direct object. This clearly defined complimentary distribution is lost in the later textual witnesses, which use the structures interchangeably. It is thus shown that, for syntactic study, too, only a small group of textual witnesses can be regarded as reliable.