“Yahwistic Names in Light of Late Babylonian Onomastics” by Paul-Alain Beaulieu (LINK)
“This documentation from Uruk seems quite relevant to the study of Judean exiles. It shows that a cult deprived of state sponsorship in its original homeland could survive in Babylonia, which was, even for Assyrians, an alien environment.”
“Akkadian Commentaries from Ancient Mesopotamia and Their Relation to Early Hebrew Exegesis” (2012) by Uri Gabbay
“The commentaries as texts, both in the ancient Near East and in the sectarian and rabbinic sources from Palestine, are reflections of common ways of interpretation. The contact between the two cultures was not necessarily achieved on the level of the specific texts known to us by the chance of a find, but rather in other ways which are hidden behind the textual nature of the commentaries” (p. 312).
Before Nature: Cuneiform Knowledge and the History of Science by Francesca Rochberg
“”The aim of this book is to raise and explore questions about observing and interpreting, theorizing and calculating what we think of as natural phenomena in a world in which there was no articulated sense of nature in our terms, no reference or word for it” (p. 1).
“DIVINITY, LAW, AND THE LEGAL TURN IN THE STUDY OF RELIGIONS” by Joseph David
Abstract: “While histories of ideas in premodern perspectives habitually understood history as divisions of fixed periods, modernists tend to narrate these histories in terms of flowing streams curving through timelines, intersections, and junctions. Crucial moments, accordingly, are turns and returns, shifts and orientations. I am not sure what it takes to diagnose and proclaim an intellectual turn or how to affirm or refute such a phenomenon, but I take the audacious risk and argue that the last couple of decades have seen a “legal turn” in the study of religions—a renewed focus on legal aspects of religion that includes legal concepts, theories, and practices.”
“Debunking Ancient Jewish Science” by M. J. Geller
A review article of Ancient Jewish Sciences and the History of Knowledge in Second Temple Literature (edited by Seth Sanders and Jonathan ben-Dov).
“‘Wissen’ im Akkadischen, Semitischen, Afroasiatischen” by Manfred Krebernik
Abstract: “K. discusses the semantic field of ‘knowledge’ in various ancient and modern languages. He starts with an overview of verbs expressing ‘knowing’ in Indo-European languages. Then he turns to the Akkadian e/idûm, its cognates and related lexemes. Thirdly, he considers the usage of other Semitic languages (Ugaritic, Hebrew, Aramaic, Arabic, Ancient South Arabic/Sabean, New South Arabic, Ethiosemitic). Finally, he widens the perspective to encompass other Afro-Asiatic languages. In all languages surveyed, K. notes a development from ‘seeing’ to ‘knowing’ and a wide variety of metaphors for ‘knowledge,’ e.g., discern, find, feel, smell, follow, pursue, get acquainted with.”
A Late Iron Age I/Early Iron Age II Old Canaanite Inscription from Tell eṣ-Ṣâfī/ Gath, Israel : Palaeography, Dating, and Historical-Cultural Significance by Aren Maeir, Stefan Wimmer, Alexander Zukerman, and Aaron Demsky (LINK)
Contains notable comments on the development of Philistine culture within a Levantine context (pp. 24-25).