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May 2017

Vol. V, No. 5

The Gamla Excavations Final Report, The Rest of the Story

By Danny Syon

The importance of Gamla lies in that it is one of very few sites described in detail by the contemporaneous historian Flavius Josephus in connection with the First Jewish Revolt (66–73 CE), and the fact that it was never resettled after 67 CE…[READ MORE]

Israel Numismatic Report: Important Finds, Altruistic Reporting, and the Law

By David Hendin

Readers of Israeli newspapers and archaeology blogs for the last few years have seen a notable uptick in the number of coin finds reported by “good Samaritans” (both Israelis and tourists) and turned into the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), as well as some newsworthy numismatic finds at licensed excavations.

This led The Ancient Near East Today to ask me to look into the finds and their importance…[READ MORE]

Were the ancient Egyptians polite? Exploring politeness in Late Egyptian

By Kim Ridealgh

Were the ancient Egyptians polite? Before we understand politeness in an ancient culture, we must first understand ‘politeness’ in the modern world. This is by no means easy; politeness is fluid, changing from person to person, culture to culture. Fundamentally politeness is a key means to maintain interpersonal relationships, through behaviour and speech…[READ MORE]

Ancient Legal Papyri Bring Lost World to Life

By Philip Esler

Everyone has heard of the ancient Jewish religious scrolls discovered at Qumran by the Dead Sea in the middle of the 20th century. But who is aware that nearly 100 legal papyri have been found in the same region, or that they allow unparalleled access to the ancient social world of Judea and Nabatea in the period 100 BCE to 200 CE?…[READ MORE]

Why 1 and 2 Kings?

By Lester Grabbe

Why were the books of 1 and 2 Kings written? Some would affirm that they are meant to be a history of Israel in the time of the kings. Indeed, some even combine their information with that in 1 and 2 Chronicles, although the latter books are almost universally acknowledged to be centuries later. Yet the Hebrew Bible is not a history book; it is a book of religion…[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!

  • Ancient Legal Papyri Bring Lost World to Life
  • Were the ancient Egyptians polite? Exploring politeness in Late Egyptian
  • Israel Numismatic Report: Important Finds, Altruistic Reporting, and the Law
  • The Gamla Excavations Final Report, The Rest of the Story
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