Writing and Ancient Near Eastern Society
Essays in Honor of Alan Millard
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of Pages: 368
This book honors the significant and enduring work of Old Testament scholar Alan Millard. The contributors to this festschrift take up all of his concerns with the relationship between writing, the development and Israel, and ancient Near Eastern society.
"The entries address issues of writing in ancient Israel, Ugarit, Medea and Greece, to name but a few civilizations covered. The essays are all quite focused in their topics and scholarly in their approaches. These topics include the question of literacy in oral cultures, reading ancient inscriptions, prophetic oracles and writing, and the challenges posed by transliteration. Unlike other volumes of this kind, this one includes an essay written by Millard herself. In it he discusses the role of "accident" in archaeological discoveries and the survival of the data discovered. This is a book by scholars for scholars." -The Bible Today, May/June 2006