Book Reviews -- By: Anonymous
BBR 12:2 (2002) p. 281
Studies In Old Testament Language And Archaeology
The World of the Aramaeans I: Biblical Studies in Honour of Paul-Eugène Dion. Edited by P. M. Michele Daviau, John W. Wevers, and Michael Weigl. JSOTSup 324. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2001. 323 pp. ISBN 1-84127-158-6. $84.00.
The World of the Aramaeans II: Studies in History and Archaeology in Honour of Paul-Eugène Dion. Edited by P. M. Michele Daviau, John W. Wevers, and Michael Weigl. JSOTSup 325. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2001. 329 pp. ISBN 1-84127-178-0. $84.00.
The World of the Aramaeans III: Studies in Language and Literature in Honour of Paul-Eugène Dion. Edited by P. M. Michele Daviau, John W. Wevers, and Michael Weigl. JSOTSup 326. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2001. 311 pp. ISBN 1-84127-179-9. $84.00.
Peoples of an Almighty God: Competing Religions in the Ancient World. By Jonathan A. Goldstein. Anchor Bible Reference Library. New York: Doubleday, 2002. xvi + 575 pp. ISBN 0-385-42347-0. $36.95.
The impressive three-volume Festschrift in honor of Paul-Eugene Dion presents some three dozen essays that address issues of archaeology, language, literature, and biblical studies, emphasizing Syrian and Aramean studies, Professor Dion’s specialty.
Volume 1, which focuses on biblical studies, offers essays by Alexander Rofe, André Lemaire, Baruch Halpern, Raymond C. Van Leeuwen, John W. Wevers, and Albert Pietersma, among others. The formation of the Hebrew Bible, the covenant between Laban and Jacob (Gen 31:43-54), the organization of the judiciary in Deuteronomy, the first three Aramean kings in the biblical tradition, the geography of Deuteronomistic history, and the origin of the Old Greek Psalter are among the topics treated.
Volume 2, which focuses on history and archaeology, offers essays by Brian Peckham, Wolfgang Röllig, Carl Ehrlich, Michael Heltzer, Michéle Daviau, Émile Puech, and Bezalel Porten, among others. The literary and epigraphic evidence of Phoenicians and Arameans, the “house of David” Tel Dan inscription (two studies, both concluding that bytdwd should be translated “house of David”), long-distance trade in the ancient Near East, Iron Age settlement in Edom, and Aramaic funerary practices in Egypt are among the studies.
Volume 3, which focuses on language and literature (mostly Aramaic, though there are studies on Ugaritic and Phoenician), offers essays by Michael Weigl, William Morrow, James Lindenberger, Theodore Lutz, and Dennis Pardee, among others. The Aramaic sayings of Ahigar, the Sefire
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