The Ancient Word

New Discoveries in Religion and Language From the Biblical and Near Eastern World

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The Ancient Word is dedicated to publishing exciting, broadly relevant new research in ancient Near Eastern and biblical studies. Each book represents an advance both philologically, in our understanding of ancient sources, and intellectually, in providing fresh ways to think about what the remote past means. Herder once imagined an "archive of paradise" containing the first writing in the world from its oldest civilization: primordial texts holding the keys to understanding our formation. In unearthing the remains of the ancient Near East, we have something like this archive - but it remains mostly unread. Herder's bold search has been replaced with safer techniques, from sweeping theories of oral vs. literate societies to reductive legitimation theories that boil culture down to power. This series showcases fresh work that helps unlock this archive's potential.

  • Ea’s Duplicity in the Gilgamesh Flood Story book cover

    Ea’s Duplicity in the Gilgamesh Flood Story

    1st Edition

    By Martin Worthington

    This volume opens up new perspectives on Babylonian and Assyrian literature, through the lens of a pivotal passage in the Gilgamesh Flood story. It shows how, using a nine-line message where not all was as it seemed, the god Ea inveigled humans into building the Ark.    The volume argues that Ea…

    Hardback – 2019-09-02 
    Routledge
    The Ancient Word

  • Beyond Orality: Biblical Poetry on its Own Terms book cover

    Beyond Orality

    Biblical Poetry on its Own Terms, 1st Edition

    By Jacqueline Vayntrub

    Central to understanding the prophecy and prayer of the Hebrew Bible are the unspoken assumptions that shaped them—their genres. Modern scholars describe these works as “poetry,” but there was no corresponding ancient Hebrew term or concept. Scholars also typically assume it began as “oral…

    Hardback – 2019-03-01
    Routledge
    The Ancient Word

  • Baal and the Politics of Poetry book cover

    Baal and the Politics of Poetry

    1st Edition

    By Aaron Tugendhaft

    Baal and the Politics of Poetry provides a thoroughly new interpretation of the Ugaritic Baal Cycle that simultaneously inaugurates an innovative approach to studying ancient Near Eastern literature within the political context of its production. The book argues that the poem, written in the last…

    Hardback – 2017-11-02
    Routledge
    The Ancient Word