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Feasting in the Archaeology and Texts of the Bible and the Ancient Near East

Author : Peter Altmann
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This volume brings together the work of scholars using various methodologies to investigate the prevalence, importance, and meanings of feasting and foodways in the texts and cultural-material environments of the Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near East. Thus, it serves as both an introduction to and explication of this emerging field. The offerings range from the third-millennium Early Dynastic period in Mesopotamia to the rise of a new cuisine in the Islamic period and transverse geographical locations such as southern Iraq, Syria, the Aegean, and especially the southern Levant. The strength of this collection lies in the many disciplines and methodologies that come together. Texts, pottery, faunal studies, iconography, and anthropological theory are all accorded a place at the table in locating the importance of feasting as a symbolic, social, and political practice. Various essays showcase both new archaeological methodologies—zooarchaeological bone analysis and spatial analysis—and classical methods such as iconographic studies, ceramic chronology, cultural anthropology, and composition-critical textual analysis.

Testing the Canon of Ancient Near Eastern Art and Archaeology

Author : Amy Gansell
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Testing the Canon of Ancient Near Eastern Art and Archaeology invites readers to reconsider the contents and agendas of the art historical and world-culture canons by looking at one of their most historically enduring components: the art and archaeology of the ancient Near East. Ann Shafer, Amy Rebecca Gansell, and other top researchers in the field examine and critique the formation and historical transformation of the ancient Near Eastern canon of art, architecture, and material culture. Contributors flesh out the current boundaries of regional and typological sub-canons, analyze the technologies of canon production (such as museum practices and classroom pedagogies), and voice first-hand heritage perspectives. Each chapter, thereby, critically engages with the historiography behind our approach to the Near East and proposes alternative constructs. Collectively, the essays confront and critique the ancient Near Eastern canon's present configuration and re-imagine its future role in the canon of world art as a whole. This expansive collection of essays covers the Near East's many regions, eras, and types of visual and archaeological materials, offering specific and actionable proposals for its study. Testing the Canon of Ancient Near Eastern Art and Archaeology stands as a vital benchmark and offers a collective path forward for the study and appreciation of Near Eastern cultural heritage. This book acts as a model for similar inquiries across global art historical and archaeological fields and disciplines.

The Archaeology of Food and Identity

Author : Katheryn C. Twiss
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The chapters in this topically and methodologically diverse volume discuss the role food plays in the construction and maintenance of multiple levels of social identity; they also illustrate the myriad ways in which archaeologists may approach the issue. The book includes essays from archaeologists working in a wide range of time periods and areas: prehistorians and historical archaeologists, specialists in the Old World, and experts on the New World. Contributors use diverse data sets to discuss how food-procurement strategies, consumption patterns, and modes of cooking and dining are intertwined with the construction and maintenance of individual and group identities.

Seasonal Feasts and Festivals

Author : E. O. James
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Dinner at Dan

Author : Jonathan S. Greer
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In Dinner at Dan, Jonathan S. Greer offers a synthesis of biblical and archaeological evidence for sacred feasts at the Levantine site of Tel Dan from the late 10th century - mid-8th century BCE and explores their significance.

The World of Women in the Ancient and Classical Near East

Author : Beth Alpert Nakhai
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The World of Women in the Ancient and Classical Near East, written by scholars working in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Israel, makes important contributions to our knowledge of the lives of ancient women. Its articles employ archaeology, biblical and other textual studies, ethnographic comparanda and more to investigate women in Egypt and western Asia from the Predynastic to the Byzantine Periods, as well as in England in the Victorian Era. They combat modern scholarships marginalization of women in antiquity, proving beyond all doubt that womens roles in the home, in the workplace and in society at-large were essential for the survival of the family and the community. Locating women within the domestic sphere can no longer be seen to diminish appreciation of their extensive responsibilities and accomplishments. To the contrary, womens domestic contributions are proven to be essential components of human survival, as are their contributions elsewhere throughout society, in elite royal, religious, and funerary contexts. The nine articles in this book highlight the fact that the traditional scholarly reliance upon dichotomization and compartmentalization must be resisted, and new paradigms developed and adopted. The World of Women in the Ancient and Classical Near East takes important steps in that direction.


Author : Louise Hitchcock
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Preface and Acknowledgments Abbreviations KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Yannis HAMILAKIS: Time, Performance, and the Production of a Mnemonic Record: From Feasting to an Archaeology of Eating and Drinking FEASTS FOR THE GODS: FEASTING PRACTICES AND RELIGIOUS ASPECTS; Jennifer WILSON: What Were the Women Doing While the Men Were Eating and Drinking? : The Evidence of the Frescoes; Anna SIMANDIRAKI: The Minoan Body as a Feast; Bernice JONES: Anthropomorphic Vessels at the Feast: Evidence for Dress or Ornament?; Brent DAVIS: Libation and the Minoan Feast; David COLLARD: Possible Alternatives to Alcohol: The Contextual Analysis of Poppy-shaped Jugs from Cyprus and the Aegean; Dora CONSTANTINIDIS: From Fields to Feasts: Interpreting Aegean Architecture and Iconography in Relation to Feast Preparations; Janice L. CROWLEY: In Honour of the Gods - But Which Gods? Identifying Deities in Aegean Glyptic; Helene WHITTAKER: The Role of Drinking in Religious Ritual in the Mycenaean Period; Elizabeth SHANK: Decorated Dining Halls; Gullog NORDQUIST: Feasting: Participation and Performance FEASTS FOR THE HUMANS: COOKING, FOOD AND WINE; Sarah P. MORRIS: Wine and Water in the Bronze Age: Fermenting, Mixing and Serving Vessels; Thomas M. BROGAN and Andrew J. KOH: Feasting at Mochlos? New Evidence for Wine Production, Storage and Consumption from a Bronze Age Harbor Town on Crete?; Rachel FOX: Tastes, Smells and Spaces: Sensory Perceptions and Mycenaean Palatial Feasting; Bart'omiej LIS: Cooked Food in the Mycenaean Feast - Evidence from the Cooking Pots; Julie HRUBY: You Are How You Eat: Mycenaean Class and Cuisine FEASTS IN THE AEGEAN LANDSCAPE: THE EVIDENCE FROM CRETE; Philip P. BETANCOURT, David S. Reese, Louise L. Verstegen, and Susan C. Ferrence: Feasts for the Dead: Evidence from the Ossuary at Hagios Charalambos; Luca GIRELLA: Feasts in ''transition''? An overview of feasting practices during MM III in Crete; Loeta TYREE, Athanasia KANTA and Harriet Lewis ROBINSON: Evidence for Ritual Eating and Drinking: A View from Skoteino Cave; Judith REID: Dinnertime at Kato Zakro ; Jan DRIESSEN, Alexandre FARNOUX and Charlotte LANGOHR: Favissae. Feasting Pits in LM III; Quentin LETESSON and Jan DRIESSEN: From ''Party'' to ''Ritual'' to ''Ruin'' in Minoan Crete: The Spatial Context of Feasting FEASTS IN THE AEGEAN LANDSCAPE: THE EVIDENCE FROM THE MAINLAND; Jennifer O''NEILL: Utility and Metaphor: The Design of The House of Tiles at Lerna; Kim S. SHELTON: Drinking, Toasting, Consumption and Libation: Late Helladic IIIA Pottery and a Cup for Every Occasion; Salvatore VITALE: Ritual Drinking and Eating at LH IIIA2 Early Mitrou, East Lokris. Evidence for Mycenaean Feasting Activities?; Gisela WALBERG and David S. REESE: Feasting at Midea IMAGES OF THE FEAST: ICONOGRAPHY; Ingo PINI: Are there any Representations of Feasting in the Aegean Bronze Age?; Fritz BLAKOLMER: Processions in Aegean Iconography II: Who are the Participants?; Susan C. FERRENCE: Is There Iconography of the Minoan Feast?; Marcia NUGENT: Picturing the Feast - Recipes as Art. Botanic Motifs of the Late Bronze Age Cycladic Islands FEASTS ABROAD: COMPARATIVE EVIDENCE FROM THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN; Jennifer M. WEBB and David FRANKEL: Fine Ware Ceramics, Consumption and Commensality: Mechanisms of Horizontal and Vertical Integration in Early Bronze Age Cyprus; Kathryn O. ERIKSSON: Feasting as Part of the Multiculturalism of Late Bronze Age Cyprus; Alison SOUTH: Feasting in Cyprus: a View from Kalavasos; Louise A. HITCHCOCK: Architectures of Feasting; Karen Polinger FOSTER: A Taste for the Exotic; Ann E. KILLEBREW and Justin LEV-TOV: Early Iron Age Feasting and Cuisine: an Indicator of Philistine-Aegean Connectivity?; Aren M. MAEIR: Aegean Feasting and other Indo-European Elements in the Philistine Household; Assaf YASUR-LANDAU: Hard to Handle: Aspects of Organization in Aegean and Near Eastern Feasts FEASTS IN THE TEXTS: THE WRITTEN RECORD; John G. YOUNGER: Food Rations and Portions in Cretan Hieroglyphic Documents; Ioannis FAPPAS: The Use of Perfumed Oils during Feasting Activities: A Comparison of Mycenaean and Near Eastern Written Sources; Stavroula NIKOLOUDIS: Bulls and Belonging: Another Look at PY Cn 3; Thomas G. PALAIMA: The Significance of Mycenaean Words Relating to Meals, Meal Rituals, and Food; Vassilis P. PETRAKIS: E-ke-ra2-wo ? wa-na-ka: The Implications of a Probable Non-Identification for Pylian Feasting and Politics; Cynthia W. SHELMERDINE: Host and Guest at a Mycenaean Feast; Jorg WEILHARTNER: Some Observations on the Commodities in the Linear B Tablets Referring to Sacrificial Banquets; AFTERTHOUGHT; Thomas G. PALAIMA: A New Linear B Inscription from the Land Down Under: AUS HO(ME) Bo 2008.

The Rituals and Myths of the Feast of the Goodly Gods of KTU CAT 1 23

Author : Mark S. Smith
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Text of the work known as The birth of the beautiful gods, in parallel columns: Ugaritic (romanized) and English (p. 18-25), with commentary and discussion in English.

Holman Bible Atlas

Author : Thomas V. Brisco
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The Holman Bible Atlas offers a visual feast through which the reader can explore the world of the Bible. Utilizing 140 full color maps key to biblical events and 140 full color photographs illustrating the land, sites, and archaeology of the biblical world, the Atlas draws the reader into the biblical story.The Holman Bible Atlas begins with an introduction to the geography of the biblical world emphasizing the major physical features of the Ancient Near East with special attention given to the geographical regions of Palestine. Information about daily life and the role of archaeology in recovering ancient cultures are discussed.

The Bible and the Ancient Near East

Author : Roland de Vaux
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Selection of 15 articles translated from the author's Bible et Orient.

Feasts and Festivals

Author : C.M. 1948- Tuckett
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This collection of essays, papers originally given at a colloquium in Oxford 2008 involving scholars from the universities of Oxford, Leiden and Bonn, focuses on the theme of Feasts and Festivals in Biblical and extra-Biblical traditions. The topics include studies of the festal gathering in Deuteronomy and funerary rites for children in the Hebrew Bible, feasts in some extra-biblical texts (including 2 and 3 Maccabees), through to treatments of a number of New Testament themes and topics in the gospels and Paul. The focus on the theme of 'feast' brings out new aspects of some well-known texts and sheds new light on a number of themes in ancient Judaism and in early Christianity. This volume will be of interest to all those engaged in Biblical studies and its ramifications in the study of Judaism and early Christianity.

Creation Accounts in the Ancient Near East and in the Bible

Author : Richard J. Clifford
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The book examines the concept of creation in the ancient Near East, noting four differences from modern conceps: process, result, manner of reporting, and criterion of truth. It next surveys in detail ancient Near Eastern corpora: Sumerian, Akkadian, Egyptian, and "Canaanite" (mostly Ugaritic), giving the relevant ancient text in English translation. The second part of the book, "Creation Accounts in the Bible, looks at texts in Genesis 1-11, the Psalms, Isaiah 40-55, and the Wisdom literature. A conclusion summarizes the results and makes suggestions about interpreting the Bible.

The Biblical Archaeologist

Author : George Ernest Wright
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Performing Death

Author : Nicola Laneri
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This volume represents a collection of contributions presented by the authors during the Second Annual University of Chicago Oriental Institute Seminar "Performing Death: Social Analyses of Funerary Traditions in the Ancient Mediterranean," held at the Oriental Institute, February 17-18, 2006. The principal aim of the two-day seminar was to interpret the social relevance resulting from the enactment of funerary rituals within the broad-reaching Mediterranean basin from prehistoric periods to the Roman Age. Efforts were concentrated on creating a panel composed of scholars with diverse backgrounds - anthropologists, historians, archaeologists, art historians, and philologists - and the knowledge and expertise to enrich the discussion through the presentation of case-studies linked to both textual and archaeological evidence from the Mediterranean region. Fundamental to the successful realisation of this research process was the active dialogue between scholars of different backgrounds. These communicative exchanges provided the opportunity to integrate different approaches and interpretations concerning the role played by the performance of ancient funerary rituals within a given society and, as a result, helped in defining a coherent outcome towards the interpretation of ancient communities' behaviours.

Festive Meals in Ancient Israel

Author : Peter Altmann
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This study investigates the festive meals in Deuteronomy’s laws in comparison to depictions of meals in other biblical texts, as well as ancient Near Eastern texts and iconography. Its eclectic, interdisciplinary approach includes discussion of the archaeology of meals in the ancient Levant and recent anthropological findings on meals in order to emphasize the centrality of meals for identity formation as well as for political and religious rhetoric in the texts of Deuteronomy.

Scribal Habits in the Ancient Near East

Author : June Ashton
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Timnah Tel Batash

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Timnah Tel Batash III

Author : Nava Panitz-Cohen
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The Origins of Isaiah 24 27

Author : Christopher B. Hays
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Situates a hotly contested section of Isaiah within its historical and cultural contexts, correcting misunderstandings of older scholarship.

Leviticus and Numbers

Author : Roy Gane
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Many today find the Old Testament a closed book. The cultural issues seem insurmountable and we are easily baffled by that which seems obscure. Furthermore, without knowledge of the ancient culture we can easily impose our own culture on the text, potentially distorting it. This series invites you to enter the Old Testament with a company of guides, experts that will give new insights into these cherished writings. Features include • Over 2000 photographs, drawings, maps, diagrams and charts provide a visual feast that breathes fresh life into the text. • Passage-by-passage commentary presents archaeological findings, historical explanations, geographic insights, notes on manners and customs, and more. • Analysis into the literature of the ancient Near East will open your eyes to new depths of understanding both familiar and unfamiliar passages. • Written by an international team of 30 specialists, all top scholars in background studies.