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April 2017

Vol. V, No. 4

Potent Potables of the Past: Beer and Brewing in Mesopotamia

By Tate Paulette and Michael Fisher

In ancient Mesopotamia, people knew how to appreciate a good beer. They appreciated their beer often and often in large quantities. They sang songs and wrote poetry about beer. Sometimes they got drunk and threw caution to the wind.

Beer was a gift from the gods, a marker of civilization, a dietary staple, a social lubricant, and a ritual necessity…[READ MORE]

A Response to Douglas Petrovich’s “Hebrew as the Language behind the World’s First Alphabet?”

By Alan Millard

In his piece for ANE Today, Douglas Petrovich claims some of the thirty or so inscriptions engraved on stone monuments around the Egyptian turquoise mines at Serâbîṭ el-Khâdim in western Sinai mention biblical figures. The following comments refer only to what he has written there…[READ MORE]

Hebrew as the Language behind the World’s First Alphabet?

By Douglas Petrovich

What is the language behind the world’s first alphabet? For over 150 years, scholars have studied the world’s first alphabetic script, the second millennium BCE Proto-Sinaitic inscriptions, found at Serabit el-Khadim in the southern reaches of the Sinai Peninsula…[READ MORE]

Rabbinic Tales of Roman Origins

By Sarit Kattan Gribetz

What stories do we tell about our own origins? What tales do we recount about the origins of others? What happens when our narratives – those about ourselves, and those about others – merge?…[READ MORE]

The Ancient Near East Today features contributions from diverse academics, a forum featuring debates of current developments from the field, and links to news and resources. The ANE Today covers the entire Near East, and each issue presents discussions ranging from the state of biblical archaeology to archaeology after the Arab Spring.

Take a look at the contents of this e-book!

  • Rabbinic Tales of Roman Origins
  • Hebrew as the Language behind the World’s First Alphabet?
  • A Response to “Hebrew as the Language behind the World’s First Alphabet?”
  • Potent Potable of the Past: Beer and Brewing in Mesopotamia
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