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Predicting the Past in the Ancient Near East: Mantic Historiography in Ancient Mesopotamia, Judah, and the Mediterranean World
Neujahr, Matthew

Providence, R.I.: Brown Judaic Studies, 2012 pp. xvi + 300. $64.95

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Brown Judaic Studies, 354

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Description: This work provides an in-depth investigation of after-the-fact predictions in ancient Near Eastern texts from roughly 1200 B.C.E.–70 C.E. It argues that the Akkadian, Aramaic, Hebrew, and Greek works discussed are all part of a developing scribal discourse of “mantic historiography” by which scribes blend their local traditions of history writing and predictive texts to produce a new mode of historiographic expression. This in turn calls into question the use and usefulness of traditional literary categories such as “apocalypse” to analyze such works.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Apocalyptic Literature, Daniel, Other Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Ancient Near Eastern History, Dead Sea Scrolls

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Review by Gerhard Karner
Published 10/3/2013
Citation: Gerhard Karner, review of Matthew Neujahr, Predicting the Past in the Ancient Near East: Mantic Historiography in Ancient Mesopotamia, Judah, and the Mediterranean World, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).


Review by Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer
Published 3/15/2014
Citation: Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer, review of Matthew Neujahr, Predicting the Past in the Ancient Near East: Mantic Historiography in Ancient Mesopotamia, Judah, and the Mediterranean World, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


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