Literature as Politics, Politics as Literature

Essays on the Ancient Near East in Honor of Peter Machinist

Edited by David S. Vanderhooft, Abraham Winitzer

Hardback - £51.95

Publication date:

01 November 2013

Length of book:

584 pages



ISBN-13: 9781575062723

This volume, in celebration of Peter Machinist, Hancock Professor of Hebrew and Other Oriental Languages at Harvard University, includes twenty-eight illuminating essays on ancient Near Eastern history and literature, which focus especially on the intersection of these fields. Contributors include one of Machinist’s teachers, several of his students, and numerous colleagues and friends. These essays probe topics for which Machinist’s work has often set new standards. And in the spirit of the honoree and his interests, these comparative studies encompass Babel, Bibel, and more. In them, Assyriologists contend with biblical cruxes and biblicists engage Assyriological research, while classicists and Hittitologists participate with considerations of their respective disciplines within a broad cross-cultural context. The volume is a must for anyone committed to the ongoing comparative study of the ancient Near East, and within that framework, the historical study of the Hebrew Bible.

“These contributions embody one and all a consummate scholarship.”

Bibliotheca Orientalis