Ancient Near East Today May

New Sources and Insights on Judeans in the Babylonian Exile

Given the presence of Judeans in Babylonia, one would expect some of them to be mentioned in the over 20,000 known cuneiform tablets dating to the 6th-5th centuries B.C.E. The Late Babylonian […]

Haihua Tian

Biblical Monotheism and Translating the First Commandment in the Chinese Context

Archaeology plays a significant social scientific role in understanding the world of the Bible. During my tenure as a […]

“Une figurine d’envoûtement paléo-babylonienne,” Beiträge zur Altorientalischen Archäologie und Altertumskunde. Festschrift für Barthel Hrouda zum 65. Geburtstag, ed. P. Calmeyer et al., Harrassowitz: Wiesbaden 1994, 97–101, XIII.

Witchcraft in Ancient Mesopotamia

Belief in witches was as widespread in Mesopotamia as it was in Europe. Incantation and ritual texts preserved on cuneiform tablets provide a vivid image of witchcraft in 2nd and 1st millennium Mesopotamia. But a closer look reveals fundamental […]

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