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Many of the world's first written records have been found in the area of the ancient Near East, in what is today known as the Middle East. While many people are familiar with the ancient Israelite literature recorded in the Hebrew Bible most Near Eastern literature remains a mystery. From an Antique Land lifts the veil from these fascinating writings, explaining the ancient stories in the context of their cultures.
From the invention of writing through the conquest of Alexander the Great, expert scholars examine literature originally written in Egyptian, Sumerian, Akkadian, Hittite, Ugaritic, Canaanite, Hebrew, and Aramaic. Each chapter includes an overview of the culture, a discussion of literary genres, and descriptions and short analyses of the major literary works. Photos of archaeological remains further illustrate these people and their writings.
Carl S. Ehrlich is professor of the Hebrew Bible at York University in Toronto.
List of Abbreviations xi
Chapter 1 Introduction Carl S. Ehrlich 1
Chapter 2 Sumerian Literature Gonzalo Rubio 11
Chapter 3 Egyptian Literature Susan Tower Hollis 77
Chapter 4 Akkadian Literature Benjamin R. Foster 137
Chapter 5 Hittite Literature Gary Beckman 215
Chapter 6 Canaanite Literature Wayne T. Pitard 255
Chapter 7 Hebrew/Israelite Literature Carl S. Ehrlich 313
Chapter 8 Aramaic Literature Ingo Kottsieper 393
About the Editor and Contributors 505
Posted January 27, 2009
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