Thirteen scholars explore possible points of connection between the Bible and its ancient Near Eastern context, illuminating the methadologies, contributions, and limitations of both biblical studies and Assyriology. Contents include: "Assyriology and Biblical Studies: A Century of Tension" --Mark W. Chavalas "The Quest for Sargon, Pul, and Tiglath-Pileser in the Nineteenth Century"--Steven W. Holloway "Sumer, the Bible, and Comparative Method: Historiography and Temple Building"--Richard E. Avergeck "Syria and Northern Mesopotamia to the End of the Third MIllennium B.C.E."--Mark W. Chavalas "Syro-Mesopotamia:The Old Babylonian Period"--Ronald A. Veenker "Syria to the Early Second Millennium"---Victor H. Matthews "Apprehending Kidnapers by Correspondence at Provincial Arrapha"--David C. Deuel "The Bible and Alalakh"--Richard S. Hess "Emar: On the Road from Harran to Hebron"--Daniel E. Fleming "Voices from the Dust: The Tablets from Ugarit and the Bible"--Wayne T. Pitard "The Rise of the Aramean States"--William Schniedewind "Recent Study on Sargon II, King of Assyria: Implications for Biblical Studies"--K. Lawson Younger Jr. "What Has Nebuchadnezzar to Do with David? On the Neo-Babylonian Period and Early Israel"--Bill T. Arnold "The Eastern Jewish Diaspora under the Babylonians"--Edwin Yamauchi
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Archaeological investigations of the past 150 years have yielded much evidence on the ancient Near Eastern world of the Bible. Such evidence is fascinating, but its significance is often difficult to ascertain. Mesopotamia and the Bible brings together an international group of esteemed scholars who explore the points of connection between the Bible and its ancient Near Eastern context, specifically upper Mesopotamia and surrounding areas. Each of these scholars seeks to integrate the disciplines of Assyriology and biblical studies, with full respect for the methodologies, contributions, and limitations of each. The result is a fascinating look at ancient Mesopotamia that will be appreciated by students, scholars, and all those interested in the world of the Bible.
Contributors: Bill T. Arnold Richard E. Averbeck Mark W. Chavalas David C. Deuel Daniel E. Fleming Richard S. Hess Steven W. Holloway Victor H. Matthews Wayne T. Pitard William Schniedewind Ronald A. Veenker Edwin Yamauchi K. Lawson Younger, Jr.
Mark W. Chavalas (Ph.D., UCLA) is professor of history at the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse.
K. Lawson Younger, Jr. (Ph.D., University of Sheffield) is professor of Old Testament at the divinity school of Trinity International University.About the Author:
Mark W. Chavalas (Ph.D., UCLA) is professor of history at the University of Wisconsin, Lacrosse. He has edited five volumes on ancient Near Eastern history and is the coauthor of the IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament.
K. Lawson Younger Jr. (Ph.D., University of Sheffield) is professor of Old Testament at the divinity school of Trinity International University. He is the author of Ancient Conquest Accounts and coeditor of the three-volume reference work The Context of Scripture.
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