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November 2017

Vol. V, No. 11

Not Just for the Birds: Pigeons in the Roman and Byzantine Near East

By Jennifer Ramsay

When we think of pigeons today, it is generally not with admiration but rather annoyance or even dread of being targeted by them. The original meaning of ‘for the birds’ was that something was worthless, which may be where we get our modern conception of pigeons. Nonetheless pigeons have played a unique role in human history…[READ MORE]

The Bible as Tool for Learning to Evaluate Competing Voices in an Age of “Fake News”

By Brendon C. Benz

Nicholas Lemann, professor of journalism at Columbia, opened his column, “Solving the Problem of Fake News” with the following observation:

What we are now calling fake news—misinformation that people fall for—is nothing new. Thousands of years ago, in the Republic, Plato offered up a hellish vision of people who mistake shadows cast on a wall for reality…[READ MORE]

 An Affair of Herbal Medicine? The ‘Special’ Kitchen in the Royal Palace of Ebla

By Agnese Vacca, Luca Peyronel, and Claudia Wachter-Sarkady

In antiquity, like today, humans needed a wide range of medicines, but until recently there has been little direct archaeological evidence for producing medicines. That evidence, however, also suggests that Near Eastern palaces may have been in the pharmaceutical business.

Most of the medical treatments documented in Ancient Near Eastern cuneiform texts dating to the 3rd-1st millennium BCE consisted of herbal remedies…[READ MORE]

Beyond the Texts: An Archaeological Portrait of Ancient Israel and Judah

By William G. Dever

Countless books have been written about ancient Israel. But this work is the first mainstream history of ancient Israel to be published in English in 40 years. It also differs from previous scholarship by attempting to prove an alternative, archaeological based history, or as the title has it, a “portrait.” I am a veteran of more than 50 years of fieldwork and research in the archaeology of Israel, with hundreds of publications…[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!

  • Beyond the Texts: An Archaeological Portrait of Ancient Israel and Judah
  • An Affair of Herbal Medicine? The ‘Special’ Kitchen in the Royal Palace of Ebla
  • The Bible as Tool for Learning to Evaluate Competing Voices in an Age of “Fake News”
  • Not Just for the Birds: Pigeons in the Roman and Byzantine Near East
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