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Welcome to Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the Vanderbilt Divinity Library

Statue of Gilgamesh from Elam

Taken from Wikimedia Commons

Elam r (31)


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

July 13 - July 19, 2014

Ancient Mesopotamia: Portrait of a Dead Civilization

Ancient Mesopotamia—the area now called Iraq—has received less attention than ancient Egypt and other long-extinct and more spectacular civilizations. But numerous small clay tablets buried in the desert soil for thousands of years make it possible for us to know more about the people of ancient Mesopotamia than any other land in the early Near East.

Professor Oppenheim, who studied these tablets for more than thirty years, used his intimate knowledge of long-dead languages to put together a distinctively personal picture of the Mesopotamians of some three thousand years ago. Following Oppenheim's death, Erica Reiner used the author's outline to complete the revisions he had begun.

"To any serious student of Mesopotamian civilization, this is one of the most valuable books ever written."—Leonard Cottrell, Book Week

"Leo Oppenheim has made a bold, brave, pioneering attempt to present a synthesis of the vast mass of philological and archaeological data that have accumulated over the past hundred years in the field of Assyriological research."—Samuel Noah Kramer, Archaeology

A. Leo Oppenheim, one of the most distinguished Assyriologists of our time, was editor in charge of the Assyrian Dictionary of the Oriental Institute and John A. Wilson Professor of Oriental Studies at the University of Chicago.

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Featured Resource

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Akhenaten - Cyril Aldred
ISBN: 0500276218
Publication Date: 1991-04-01
Recent archaeological studies form the basis of this work on the fourteenth-century B.C. civilization dominated by Akhenaten.


Featured ANE Language Resource

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A Phoenician-Punic Grammar - Charles R. Krahmalkov
ISBN: 9004117717
Publication Date: 2000-11-28
Carefully selected examples from texts and dialects of the whole Phoenician-Punic period bring to life the grammatical description of this language. Included are fully vocalized Punic and Neo-Punic inscriptions of Roman Tripolitiana in Latin orthography as well as the literary fragments of Punic drama as found in Plautus comedy Poenulus.This classical descriptive grammar of the Phoenician-Punic language (1200 BCE - 350 CE) presents the reader with a full picture: its phonology, orthography, morphology, syntax and usage. Its history and its various dialects are dealt with in an introduction.Hebraists and Semitists will find the description of the verbal system of particular interest to them, especially that of the literary language, which holds that tense and aspect reference of a given form of the verb is largely a function of syntax, not morphology. Much of this grammatical material is presented here for the first time.


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  • Theological Librarian: Chris Benda (contact Chris) -- Available for research assistance
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