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Welcome to Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the Vanderbilt Divinity Library

Head of Osiris, Egyptian God of the Afterlife

Head of Osiris LACMA AC1992.152.61

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Recent ANE Books

Recent Additions to Vanderbilt Divinity Library's ancient Near Eastern collection...

Ancient Synagogues - Archaeology and Art: New Discoveries and Current Research

Rachel Hachlili


The Nabataean Temple at Khirbet et-Tannur: Volume 2 - Cultic Offerings, Vessels, and other Specialist Reports

Annual of the American Schools of Oriental Research, volume 68


Aramaic Bowl Spells: Jewish Babylonian Aramaic Bowls – Volume 1

Shaul Shaked, James Nathan Ford, and Siam Bhayro


Les outillages néolithiques en Syrie du Nord: Méthode de débitage et gestion laminaire durant le PPNB

Frédéric Abbès, BAR International Series 1150, 2003



Classic Texts for ANE Research

Check here once a week for a tried-and-true ANE text or work that, though it may not be recent, is something anyone with ANE interests should consult and read.

April 13-April 20, 2014

The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day - The Complete Papyrus of Ani Featuring Integrated Text and Full-Color Images

Eva Von Dassow (Editor), Raymond Faulkner (Translator), Carol Andrews (Preface), Ogden Goelet (Introduction), James Wasserman (Foreword)
For millennia, the culture and philosophy of the ancient Egyptians have fascinated artists, historians, and spiritual seekers throughout the world. Now, this reissue of a Chronicle Books classic brings to light once more the legendary 3,500-year-old Papyrus of Ani—the most beautiful of the Egyptian funerary scrolls ever discovered. Restored to its original sequences, the elaborately bordered papyrus conveys its intended sense of motion and meaning in a way no other book on the subject can match. From mysticism and philosophy to anthropology and astronomy, this sumptuous volume will appeal to casual readers, serious scholars, and the generally inquisitive mind. The translation of the text of each image is placed on the page directly below the image, allowing the reader, for the first time in 3500 years, to gaze on the images while reading the words of the papyrus. Uncluttered with footnotes or other extraneous matter, the papyrus is displayed with the intent of allowing the modern reader to experience the full depth of the original. The restoration of the unity of word and image in this publication of the Papyrus of Ani has brought to life one of the most important early spiritual treasures of mankind.

The Book of the Dead

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Featured Resource

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A Reader of Ancient near Eastern Texts - Michael D. Coogan
Call Number: PJ3882 .C67 2011
ISBN: 9780195324921
Publication Date: 2012-08-31
In A Reader of Ancient Near Eastern Texts: Sources for the Study of the Old Testament, leading biblical scholar Michael D. Coogan presents a collection of texts that introduce students to the larger world surrounding the Old Testament. Dating from the third millennium BCE to the turn of theera, the readings have been carefully selected from the most accurate sources and arranged by genre and place of origin. They provide historical correlations to people and events mentioned in the Bible; parallels to biblical genres, motifs, institutions, and concepts; and windows into the lives ofordinary people. The texts are enhanced by chapter and reading introductions, extensive biblical references, and illustrations.


Featured ANE Language Resource

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Sumerian Grammar - Dietz Otto Edzard
Call Number: PJ3251 .M565 1996
ISBN: 9004126082
Publication Date: 2003-05-28
It seems safe to say that this Sumerian Grammar by Professor D.O. Edzard will become the new classic reference in the field. It is an up-to-date, reliable guide to the language of the Sumerians, the inventors of cuneiform writing in the late 4th millennium B.C., and thus essential contributors to the high cultural standard of the whole of Mesopotamia and beyond.Following traditional lines, the Grammar describes general characteristics, origins, linguistic environment, phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax, and phraseology. Due attention is given to the symbiosis with Semitic Akkadian, with which Sumerian was to form a veritable linguistic area.With lucid explanations of all technical linguistic theory. Each transliteration carries its English translation.


Need Help?

The following library staff are available for research assistance in the Ancient Near East:

  • Theological Librarian: Chris Benda (contact Chris) -- Available for research assistance
  • Ancient Near Eastern Bibliographer: Jonathan Redding (contact Jonathan)

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