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The Ancient Orient
An Introduction to the Study of the Ancient Near East
POD; Published: 2/11/1994
ISBN: 978-0-8028-0142-5
Price: $ 29.50
283 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6.25 X 9.25
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This book represents the first comprehensive, interdisciplinary presentation of ancient Near Eastern civilization. Concentrating on Mesopotamia and North Syria and focusing particularly on the cultures of Sumer, Babylonia, and Assyria, von Soden covers the earliest times to Hellenization. His study of ancient "humanity in its wholeness" includes treatments of the history of language and systems of writing, the state and society, nutrition and agriculture, artisanry, economics, law, science, religion and magic, art, music, and more. A valuable background work for students of the Bible. Includes 18 black-and-white photographs.
Biblical Archaeology Review
"A detailed and informative introduction to Mesopotamian culture. . . For those who want an authoritative guide to ancient Mesopotamia, both for its own value and as a background for the Hebrew Bible, this is an illuminating book."
Internationale Zeitschriftenschau für Bibelwissenschaft und Grenzgebiete (IZBG)
"An important book that belongs in all research collections."
"This is a classic synthesis, embracing language, literature, politics, economics, and society, from one of the great scholars of the century, and its appearance in English should be an occasion for joy."
The Bible Today
"The book is an exciting tour through the geography of the ancient world, a fascinating examination of the artifacts it left behind, and a credible reconstruction of its political and social life."
The Expository Times
"Magisterial and fascinating."