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“With My Many Chariots I Have Gone Up the Heights of the Mountains”: Historical and Literary Studies on Ancient Mesopotamia and Israel
Tadmor, Hayim
Cogan, Mordechai, editor

Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society, 2011 pp. xxx + 942. $120.00


Description: This collection of studies by HAYIM TADMOR (1923–2005), who was professor of Assyriology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and one of the leading historians of Ancient Mesopotamia and Israel in the second half of the twentieth century, brings together a rich variety of investigations. Among the topics discussed: the rhetorical and historiographical features of the Neo-Assyrian royal inscriptions, as exemplified in the boastful words of Sennacherib: “With my many chariots I have gone up the heights of mountains” (2 Kings 19:23; Isaiah 37:24); the organization of temple cities and royal cities in Assyria and Babylon; the influence of the Mesopotamian empires on the West, in particular, the kingdoms of Israel and Judah and the cities of Philistia. Also included are Tadmor’s views on the importance of Ancient Near Eastern studies for Biblical studies.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Ancient Near Eastern History, History of Israel

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Review by R. Russell Mack
Published 7/2/2012
Citation: R. Russell Mack, review of Hayim Tadmor; ed. Mordechai Cogan, “With My Many Chariots I Have Gone Up the Heights of the Mountains”: Historical and Literary Studies on Ancient Mesopotamia and Israel, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


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