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Historiography, Ideology and Politics in the Ancient Near East and Israel
Changing Perspectives 5

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ISBN 9780367742485
July 16, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
352 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In this volume Niels Peter Lemche and Emanuel Pfoh present an anthology of seminal studies by Mario Liverani, a foremost scholar of the ancient Near East.

This collection contains 18 essays, 11 of which have originally been published in Italian and are now published in English for the first time. It represents an important contribution to ancient Near Eastern and Biblical studies, exposing the innovative interpretations of Liverani on many historical and ideological aspects of ancient society. Topics range from the Amarna letters and the Ugaritic epic, to the ‘origins’ of Israel.

Historiography, Ideology and Politics in the Ancient Near East and Israel will be invaluable resource for ancient Near Eastern and biblical scholars, as well as graduate and post-graduate students.

Table of Contents


Editorial note

List of abbreviations

Introduction, by Niels Peter Lemche and Emanuel Pfoh


PART I. Ancient Near Eastern Historiography

1. ‘But in the Seventh Year …’

2. The Ugaritic epic in its historical and literary context

3. Memorandum on the approach to historiographic texts

4. The tribunal of history: Judicial origins of ancient Near Eastern historiography

PART II. Ideology and Propaganda in the Ancient Near East

5. Συδύκ and Μισώρ

6. Holy war and just war in the ancient Near East

7. The Pharaoh’s body in the Amarna letters

8. Ḫattušili dealing with Ramesside propaganda

9. The ideology of the Assyrian empire

10. Kingship ideology in Assyria and Israel

11. The king in the palace

PART III. Syria-Palestine in the Late Bronze Age

12. Contrasts and confluences of political conceptions in the Amarna period

13. Political lexicon and political ideologies in the Amarna letters

14. Refugees in Syria in the Late Bronze Age

15. Becoming Ḫabiru

PART IV. The Old Testament and the History of Israel

16. The ‘origins’ of Israel: An unachievable project of ethnogenetic research

17. New developments in the study of the history of biblical Israel

18. The Book of Kings and ancient Near Eastern historiography



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Mario Liverani is Professor Emeritus of Ancient Near Eastern History at the University of Rome, Italy. He is the author of many studies, including International Relations in the Ancient Near East, 1600-1100 BC (2001), Myth and Politics in Ancient Near Eastern Historiography (2004), Israel's History and the History of Israel (Routledge 2005) and The Ancient Near East: History, Society and Economy (Routledge 2014).

Niels Peter Lemche is Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He is the author of many studies, including Early Israel (1985), Ancient Israel (1988), The Canaanites and Their Land (1991), The Israelites in History and Tradition (1998), Prelude To Israel's Past (1998), and The Old Testament Between Theology and History (2008).

Emanuel Pfoh is Assistant Professor of History of Asia & Africa at the National University of La Plata, Argentina, and Researcher at Argentina’s National Research Council. He is the author of The Emergence of Israel in Ancient Palestine (Routledge 2009) and Syria-Palestine in the Late Bronze Age (Routledge 2016).