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InA Reader of Ancient Near Eastern Texts: Sources for the Study of the Old Testament,leading biblical scholar Michael D. Coogan presents a collection of texts that introduce students to the larger world surrounding the Old Testament. Dating from the third millennium BCE to the turn of the era, the readings have been carefully selected from the most accurate sources and arranged by genre and place of origin. They provide historical correlations to people and events mentioned in the Bible; parallels to biblical genres, motifs, institutions, and concepts; and windows into the lives of ordinary people. The texts are enhanced by chapter and reading introductions, extensive biblical references, and illustrations. Package this anthologywith Michael D. Coogan'sThe Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures,Second Edition (OUP, 2010) orA Brief Introduction to the Old Testament: The Hebrew Bible in Its Context,Second Edition (OUP, 2011) for use in your course and save your students 20%. Please contact your Oxford University Press Sales Representative at 800.280.0280 for details.
Michael D. Coogan is Lecturer in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Harvard Divinity School, Director of Publications for the Harvard Semitic Museum, and Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Stonehill College. He is the editor of Oxford Biblical Studies Online and The New Oxford AnnotatedBible.
Table of Contents
Preface Credits Introduction Writing Systems Languages Writing Materials Genres Bibliography 1. MYTHS MESOPOTAMIA 1. Enuma Elish 2. A Creation Myth from Sippar 3. A Creation Myth from Ashur 4. Dumuzi and Inanna UGARIT 5. Baal HITTITE 6. El-kunirsha and Ashertu 7. The Disappearance of the Storm God 8. The Song of Kumarbi EGYPT 9. From the Pyramid of Pepi I 10. From the Pyramid of Pepi II 11. The Memphite Theology 12. The Contendings of Horus and Seth 2. EPICS MESOPOTAMIA 13. Gilgamesh 14. Atrahasis UGARIT 15. Kirta 16. Aqhat HITTITE 17. Kanesh and Zalpa 18. Appu and His Two Sons EGYPT 19. The Tale of the Two Brothers 3. HISTORIOGRAPHIC TEXTS 20. The Sumerian King List 21. The Birth Legend of Sargon 22. The Curse of Akkad 23. The Apology of Hattusili III 24. The Merneptah Stela 25. The Battle of Qarqar 26. Kilamuwa 27. The Mesha Stela 28. The Tel Dan Stela 29. Obelisk of Shalmaneser III 30. Stela of Adad-nirari III 31. Annals of Tiglath-pileser III 32. Summary Inscription of Sargon II 33. Chronicles of Merodach-baladan 34. Campaign of Sennacherib 35. Karatepe 36. Summary Inscription of Esar-haddon 37. Chronicle of Nebuchadrezzar II 38. Administrative Text of Nebuchadrezzar II 39. Chronicles of Nabonidus 40. The Cyrus Cylinder 4. LEGAL AND COMMERICAL TEXTS COLLECTIONS AND CODES MESOPOTAMIA 41. Code of Hammurapi HITTITE 42. Hittite Laws TREATIES HITTITE 43. Treaty between Suppiluliuma I and Niqmaddu II 44. Notice of Tribute to be paid to Hatti by Ugarit 45. Treaty between Shattiwaza and Suppiluliuma I 46. Treaty between Mursili II and Tuppi-Teshub 47. Treaty between Hattusili III and Rameses II ARAMAIC 48. Treaty between Bar-gayah and Matiel MESOPOTAMIA 49. Treaty between Ashur-nirari V and Matiel 50. Treaty between Easr-haddon and Baal of Tyre 51. The Vassal Treaties of Esar-haddon CONTRACTS 52. Murashu Tablet ELEPHANTINE PAPYRI 53. Marriage Contract 54. Transfer of Real Estate 55. Document of Manumission COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS 56-59. Samaria Ostraca 60-61. Tell Qasileh Ostraca 62-65. Arad Ostraca 66-70. Inscribed Jars 71. Inscribed Handles from Gibeon 72. Seals and Seal Impressions 73. Weights 5. LETTERS ROYAL CORRESPONDENCE 74. From Suppiluliuma I to Niqmaddu II 75. From Piha-walwi to Ibiranu 76. From Naptera to Pudu-Heba 77. From Rameses II to Hattusili III AMARNA LETTERS 78. From Rib-Hadda to the Pharaoh 79. From Labayu to the Pharaoh 80. From Abdi-Heba to the Pharaoh 81. From a Royal Official to King Ashurbanipal 82. From Adon to Neco II CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN OFFICIALS LACHISH LETTERS 83. Lachish Letter 1 84. Lachish Letter 2 85. Lachish Letter 3 86. Lachish Letter 4 ARAMAIC LETTERS FROM EGYPT 87. From Arsames to Armapiya 88. Between Jewish Leaders at Elephantine and the Governor of Judah PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE 89. From an Egyptian Worker to His Supervisor 90. From an Israelite Worker to His Supervisor 91. Concerning Passover 92. Concerning Repair of a Garment 93. Concerning Groceries and the Sabbath 6. HYMNS, PRAYERS, LAMENTS, AND RITUALS HYMNS AND PRAYERS EGYPT 94. Hymn to the Aten MESOPOTAMIA 95. Letter-prayer to Ninmug 96. Hymn to Ishtar 97. Prayer to Anu 98. Hymn to Ishtar 99. Hymn to Marduk 100. Prayer to a Personal God 101. Hymn to Enlil 102. Coronation Prayer 103. Prayer of Ashurbanipal 104. Prayer of Nabonidus to Sin 105. Prayer of Nabonidus to God Most High 106. Praise of Babylon CITY LAMENTS 107. Lament for Ur 108. Lament for Isin OTHER SUMERIAN LAMENTS 109. The Raging Sea Will Not be Calmed 110. He Is a Storm: At the Howling 111. The God Manifest RITUALS MEDICAL TEXTS 112. For Headache 113. For a Woman Who Has Suffered Miscarriage 114. Garlic for Sickness 115. For Toothache OTHER RITUAL TEXTS 116. Instructions for HittiteTemple Officials 117. God and Sacrifice Lists from Ugarit 118. Marseilles Tariff 7. BURIAL TEXTS FUNERARY TEXTS EGYPT 119. Stela of Intef BOOK OF THE DEAD 120. Hymn to the Sun God Re 121. The Weighing of the Heart 122. Hymn to Osiris 123. Negative Confession 124. For Going Out into the Day 125. Shabti Inscription 126. Carpentras Stela UGARIT 127. Royal Funerary Text PHOENICIAN 128. Ahiram Sarcophagus 129. Ahiram Graffito 130. Tabnit 131. Eshmunazor 132. Batnoam SAMAL 133. Kuttamuwa HEBREW 134. Silwan 135. El-Qom 136. Ketef Hinnom PERSIAN 137. Mausoleum of Cyrus 8. COMMEMORATIVE AND DEDICATORY TEXTS ARAMAIC 138. Tell Fekheriye 139. Zakkur 140. Bar-Rakib 141. Daskyleion 142. Keseçek Köyü 143. Saraidin SAMAL 144. Panamuwa PHONECIAN 145. Yehimilk 146. Yehawmilk 147. Bodastart 148. Pyrgi 149. Tell Siran Bottle 150. Siloam Tunnel 151. Ekron 152-55. Kuntillet Ajrud 156. Khirbet Beit Lei 9. LOVE POEMS 157-61. MESOPOTAMIA 162-68. EGYPT 10. PROPHETIC TEXTS EGYPT 169. The Prophecy of Neferti 170. Wenamun MESOPOTAMIA MARI LETTERS 171. To Zimri-Lim from Nur-Sin 172. To Zimri-Lim from Inib-shina 173. To Zimri-Lim from Shibtu 174. To Zimri-Lim from Yarim-Addu 175. To Zimri-Lim, from an unknown sender 176. An Oracle from Eshnunna NEO-ASSYRIAN ORACLES 177-79. To Esarhaddon TRANSJORDAN 180. Deir Alla 11. WISDOM LITERATURE EGYPT 181. Satire on the Trades 182. Dialogue of a Man with His Soul 183. Song of the Harper 184. Instruction of Amenemhet 185. Instruction of Amenemope 186. In Praise of Scribes MESOPOTAMIA 187. Proverbs 188. Advice to a Prince 189. The Babylonian Theodicy 190. "I will praise the lord of wisdom" 191. A Dialogue of Pessimism 192. A Drinking Song 193. In Praise of Scribes HURRIAN 194. The Song of Release ARAMAIC 195. Ahikar . Abecedaries 196. Ugaritic Abecedary HEBREW ABECEDARIES 197. Izbet Sartah 198. Tel Zayit 199. Kuntillet Ajrud 200. Gezer Calendar