Archive for the ‘Nuwe Boeke/New Books’ Category

New Book on “De Mundo”

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Text, Translation and Interpretative Essays


Prof Johan Thom of Ancient Studies is the editor of Cosmic Order and Divine Power: Pseudo-Aristotle, On the Cosmos (Mohr Siebeck, 2014) which contains a Greek text and translation of De mundo (On the Cosmos) as well as interpretive essays on the language and style, geography, cosmotheology and the reception in or possible influence of De mundo in various intellectual traditions. The treatise De mundo, dated around the 1st century BCE, offers a cosmology in the Peripatetic tradition which draws also on Platonic and Stoic thought and subordinates what happens in the cosmos to the might of an omnipotent god. Thus the work is paradigmatic for the philosophical and religious concepts of the early imperial age, which offer points of contact with nascent Christianity. In line with the aims of the SAPERE series, this volume on De mundo is explicitly interdisciplinary by nature, bringing together contributions from scholars from a broad spectrum of disciplines and specialisations which focus on specific topics, each from its own disciplinary perspective. See here for more.

Doctoral Thesis accepted for Publication

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Doctoral thesis accepted for publication in the Vetus Testamentum Supplementum series

Dr Randall X. Gauthier completed his PhD at Ancient Studies under the supervision of Prof Johann Cook in 2010. His doctoral thesis has been accepted for publication in the Vetus Testamentum Supplementum (BRILL) series. In Psalms 38 and 145 of the Old Greek Version, Dr Gauthier provides a word by word, sentence by sentence, commentary on Psalms 38 and 145 in the Septuagint (LXX) version, or more accurately, the Old Greek (OG) version. Specifically, this study attempts to understand the semantic meaning of these psalms at the point of their inception, or composition, i.e. as translated literary units derivative of a presumed Semitic Vorlage (Expected publication date: November 2014). Read more here.

New Book on the Material Culture of Persian Period Palestine/Israel

Friday, June 6th, 2014

A “Religious Revolution” in Persian Period Palestine/Israel?


Prof Sakkie Cornelius of Ancient Studies is a co-editor of A “Religious Revolution” in Yehûd? (Academic Press Fribourg, 2014) which discusses the material culture of Persian Period Palestine/Israel against the background of Ephraim Stern’s hypothesis that Judah witnessed a “religious revolution“ during the transition between the (Neo)Babylonian and the Persian period, resulting in an imageless monotheism. The collection of essays originated in a workshop on “Jewish ‘Material’ Otherness? Ethnic, Religious and Cultural Boundaries in Late Persian and Early Hellenistic Times in the Southern Levant”, held at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) in 2010 Following an introductory overview on the material culture of the late Iron Age to the early Hellenistic period (Lester L. Grabbe), the most relevant object genres are reviewed in the light of new finds and current research: administrative stamp-seals (Oded Lipschits & David Vanderhooft), figurines (Izak Cornelius, Rüdiger Schmitt), incense burners (Christian Frevel & Katharina Pyschny), coins (Mary Joan Winn Leith, Patrick Wyssmann), seals and bullae (Silvia Schroer & Florian Lippke) and Greek pottery (Astrid Nunn). Special attention is devoted to regional developments in order to highlight commonalities and differences in the material culture between Yehûd and Samaria, and between Yehûd and the other neighbouring provinces. The volume demonstrates continuities and discontinuities in material culture, which mirror political, economic and historical developments. If the “religious revolution” thesis cannot be substantiated, the volume makes an important contribution to the history of religion of Persian Period Palestine/Israel with its nuanced discussion of Stern’s thesis and the new synopsis it offers of the material, and especially pictorial, culture of the period. See here for more.

New book on the Aramaeans

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Historical and cultural role of the Aramaeans in ancient Syria


Prof Herbert Niehr of Eberhard Karls University Tübingen is an extraordinary professor at the Department of Ancient Studies and the editor of The Aramaeans in Ancient Syria (Brill). This new handbook gives detailed and current information on different aspects of Aramaean culture in Syria supplemented by overviews on the Aramaeans in Assyria, Babylonia, Phoenicia, Palestine, Egypt, North Arabia and on the Aramaean heritage in the Levant. See here for more.