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Current Issues and the Study of the Ancient Near East
Rubio, Gonzalo, Steven Garfinkle, Gary Beckman and Daniel Snell
Chavalas, Mark, editor

Claremont, Calif.: Regina Books, 2007 pp. 163. $19.95

Series Information
Publications of the Association of Ancient Historians, 8


Description: In continuation of the Publications of the Association of Ancient Historiansí interest in current trends toward ancient historical research, this volume shifts the focus the Ancient Near East. Beginning with the earliest civilizations known, the essay by Gonzalo Rubio explores the field of Sumerian and Babylonian studies, the realm of southern Mesopotamia. Following a northern arc, the next essay, by Steven J. Garfinkle, considers the Assyrians as they are currently being viewed. Gary Beckman then addresses the present trends in the study of the Hittites in Anatolia. The final essay brings the discussion to the familiar realms of the biblical world directly with a contribution by Daniel C. Snell considering Syria-Palestine in present-day research. Edited by Mark W. Chavalas, this handy study provides a roadmap of the state of historical research in the period of high antiquity.

Subjects: Ancient Near East, Literature

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Review by Aren Maeir
Published 6/26/2009
Citation: Aren Maeir, review of Gonzalo Rubio, Steven Garfinkle, Gary Beckman, and Daniel Snell; Mark Chavalas, ed., Current Issues and the Study of the Ancient Near East, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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