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Literature as Politics, Politics as Literature: Essays on the Ancient Near East in Honor of Peter Machinist
Vanderhooft, David S. and Abraham Winitzer, editors

Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2013 pp. xxii + 562. $64.50

Description: This volume, in celebration of Peter Machinist, Hancock Professor of Hebrew and Other Oriental Languages at Harvard University, includes twenty-eight illuminating essays on ancient Near Eastern history and literature, which focus especially on the intersection of these fields. Contributors include one of Machinist's teachers, several of his students, and numerous colleagues and friends. These essays probe topics for which Machinist's work has often set new standards. And in the spirit of the honoree and his interests, these comparative studies encompass Babel, Bibel, and more. In them, Assyriologists contend with biblical cruxes and biblicists engage Assyriological research, while classicists and Hittitologists participate with considerations of their respective disciplines within a broad cross-cultural context. The volume is a must for anyone committed to the ongoing comparative study of the ancient Near East, and within that framework, the historical study of the Hebrew Bible.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Ancient Near East, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Historical Approaches, Literary Approaches

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Review by Shawn W. Flynn
Published 5/1/2015
Citation: Shawn W. Flynn, review of David S. Vanderhooft and Abraham Winitzer, eds., Literature as Politics, Politics as Literature: Essays on the Ancient Near East in Honor of Peter Machinist, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2015).

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