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Twitter Recap: 2016 ASOR Annual Meeting

A big thanks to everyone who attended and helped make the 2016 ASOR Annual Meeting an amazing event. We couldn’t have done it without you! Also, to everyone […]

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Ask a Near Eastern Professional: How the Sumerians Got to Peru

There was indeed a “Sumerian bowl” found in the late 1950s near Lake Titicaca, at the site of Hacienda Chúa, about 75 miles north of La Paz. The dark bowl has a prominent rim and a […]

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Meeting of Tamar and Judah, Tintoretto

It’s Complicated: Biblical Exercise for the Theological and Ethical Imagination

Why does the Bible matter? Why do we continue to talk about, turn to, and study a diverse assortment of narratives, poems, laws and prophetic proclamations at least two millennia […]

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Gender in Ancient Egypt: Norms, Ambiguities, and Sensualities [PODCAST]

In a recent Friends of ASOR podcast, I spoke with Uroš Matić over Skype about his recent Near Eastern Archaeology 79.3 article, “Gender in Ancient Egypt: Norms, Ambiguities, and […]

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Behistun/Bisitun inscription. Figure © Jenny Rose.

Good Public Relations: What Persian Propaganda Tells Us About the ‘Nehemiah Memoir’

Stretching from Egypt to the Indus River, the Persian Empire was the largest empire yet seen in the ancient Near East. Typically, the Hebrew Bible depicts ancient […]

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Weld-Blundell prism in the Ashmolean Museum containing an Old Babylonian version of the Sumerian King List

The Sumerian King List or the ‘History’ of Kingship in Early Mesopotamia

Of course, there is no such thing as a Sumerian king list. The text usually referred to as the ‘Sumerian King List’ (SKL) is a composition somewhere between a literary text and a list proper […]

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The State of Matrimony without the State: New Kingdom Egyptians and Marriage

Marriage is ubiquitous in human societies. But any examination of marriage in ancient Egyptian society requires us to disengage from modern social and […]

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Reduced to Her Bare Essentials [PODCAST]

Budin’s article considers the symbolic meanings of the face, breasts, vulva, and branch images which typify the schematic piriform pendants which first emerged in Tell el-‘Ajjul in the Late Bronze Age and spread […]

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Engendering the Israelite Harvests [PODCAST]

In a recent Friends of ASOR podcast, I called Jennie Ebeling, co-director of the Jezreel Expedition in Israel, to talk about her recent Near Eastern Archaeology 79.3 article, “Engendering the Israelite Harvests.” Her article talks […]

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‘Gospel of Jesus’s wife’ (WikiCommons)

Forging Ancient Texts

In contrast, the antiquities market is how most modern hoaxes are circulated, including forgeries of ancient texts. Alleged ancient texts are often said to come from particular archaeological sites, but there is rarely a way to verify such assertions. […]

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Reconstruction of the Judaean temple, after a drawing by Stephen Rosenberg, “The Jewish Temple at Elephantine,” Near Eastern Archaeology 67 (2004): 4.

Multi-Dimensional Yahwism: The Case of the Persian Period Judaean Community in Elephantine

Elephantine Judaeans suggests that the emergence of a Scripture-based Yahwism—the “victorious” form of Yahwism in the succeeding Hellenistic and Roman […]

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Pilgrims at Stone of Anointing (all images courtesy Ragnar Cline).

Ancient Pilgrimage in the Modern World

One motivation that unites Greco-Roman pilgrimage traditions, some Jewish pilgrimage traditions, and early Christian pilgrimage is the search for authenticity. This is found in ‘proofs’ like miracles, and the way […]

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Gertrude Bell at Kubbet Duris, Baalbek Lebanon, June 1900. Photograph Courtesy of The Gertrude Bell Archives, Newcastle University.

Letters from Baghdad: Excavating the Story of the Extraordinary Gertrude Bell

Letters from Baghdad is the first full-length documentary film about Gertrude Bell, Middle Eastern explorer and once the most powerful woman in the British Empire who was instrumental […]

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Top 10 Things To Do In San Antonio

Earlier this year, I wrote a News@ASOR post extolling the virtues of spending several days in San Antonio at a world-class resort attending the presentation of world-class papers by world-class scholars. I said it before and […]

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Surrogacy and the Archaeological Object

The objects treated in this paper were all excavated in the Ancient Near East at sites that are some 200 km distant one from another. Rather more important might be their diachronic distance – a millennium separates […]

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Most Popular ASOR Summer Posts

We thought we’d answer that age-old question, “What did you do this summer?” with a look back at the five most popular blog posts on the ASOR Blog. We had a lot of really great authors contribute to our blog over the last few months […]

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Daniel and Cyrus Before the Idol Bel. Rembrandt van Rijn, 1633.

“Godnapping” in the Ancient Near East

This particular removal of gods, called “godnapping” by modern scholars, is attested over a long period of Mesopotamian history, from the start of the 2nd millennium through the 5th century BCE. But how can […]

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Location of the Western Wall Plaza and Tel Moza, with additional sites mentioned in the text. (Map by I. Ben-Ezra)

Animal Economy in a Temple City and Its Countryside: Iron Age Jerusalem as a Case Study

Iron Age Jerusalem is the subject of perennial interest, but archaeological understanding of how the city functioned economically […]

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Ramses III fighting the Sea Peoples at Medinet Habu. (Wikimedia Commons)

Ask a Near East Professional: Who are the Sea Peoples and what role did they play in the devastation of civilizations?

Who are the Sea Peoples and what role did they play in the devastation of civilizations that occurred shortly after […]

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Left to right; the ka statue of King Hor (Photo, John Bodsworth), the ba bird (Illustration, Jeff Dahl) and the Akh bird.

Tomb Security in Ancient Egypt: How and Why Did the Egyptians Protect Their Tombs?

Protecting the dead from abuse is an ancient human instinct but Egypt raised this concern to levels never seen before or since. Tomb robbery […]

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