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“Thus Speaks Ishtar of Arbela”

Prophecy in Israel, Assyria, and Egypt in the Neo-Assyrian Period

Edited by Robert P. Gordon and Hans Barstad

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“Thus Speaks Ishtar of Arbela”

Prophecy in Israel, Assyria, and Egypt in the Neo-Assyrian Period

Edited by Robert P. Gordon and Hans Barstad

Thus Speaks Ishtar is a collection of essays about prophets and prophecy in the ancient Near East during the “Neo-Assyrian Period.” This was the time when some of Israel’s greatest prophets emerged, and we also have from the same general period a number of prophetic texts found on the site of the ancient Assyrian city of Nineveh. The book examines the basic idea of prophecy and how this is shaped by the way we study the subject, and it then presents a number of fresh insights on a range of prophetic topics. These include the relationship between Israelite and other forms of prophecy in Assyria and Egypt and the relationship between what prophets said and the written forms in which their words were passed on. Other topics of contemporary interest include what these prophetic texts have to say about the environment, the place of intercession in Israelite and Assyrian religion, and whether the message of the trailblazing Israelite prophets of the eighth century was basically about judgment and community ruin or about hope and community well-being.

 

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Thus Speaks Ishtar is a collection of essays about prophets and prophecy in the ancient Near East during the “Neo-Assyrian Period.” This was the time when some of Israel’s greatest prophets emerged, and we also have from the same general period a number of prophetic texts found on the site of the ancient Assyrian city of Nineveh. The book examines the basic idea of prophecy and how this is shaped by the way we study the subject, and it then presents a number of fresh insights on a range of prophetic topics. These include the relationship between Israelite and other forms of prophecy in Assyria and Egypt and the relationship between what prophets said and the written forms in which their words were passed on. Other topics of contemporary interest include what these prophetic texts have to say about the environment, the place of intercession in Israelite and Assyrian religion, and whether the message of the trailblazing Israelite prophets of the eighth century was basically about judgment and community ruin or about hope and community well-being.

Preface

Abbreviations

Introduction

Prophecy as Construct: Ancient and Modern Martti Nissinen, University of Helsinki

Prophecy in the Mari and Nineveh Archives Robert P. Gordon, University of Cambridge

Prophecy in K1285? Re-evaluating the Divine Speech: Episodes of Nabû Jason Atkinson, University of Edinburgh

Hosea and the Assyrians Hans M. Barstad, University of Edinburgh

Micah in Neo-Assyrian Light Bob Becking, University of Utrecht

Ištar and the Motif of the Cosmological Warrior: Assurbanipal’s Adaptation of Enuma Elish C. L. Crouch, University of Nottingham

The Post-722 and Late Pre-exilic Compositions Underlying the Amos-Text Graham Hamborg, Diocese of Chelmsford, England

Royal Cultic Prophecy in Assyria, Judah, and Egypt John W. Hilber, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary

Ecology, Theology, Society: Physical, Religious, and Social Disjuncture in Biblical and Neo-Assyrian Prophetic Texts Hilary Marlow, University of Cambridge

The Prophet Micah and Political Society David J. Reimer, University of Edinburgh

Prophecy in Israel and Assyria: Are We Comparing Apples and Pears? The Materiality of Writing and the Avoidance of Parallelomania Joachim Schaper, University of Aberdeen

“I Have Rained Stones and Fiery Glow on Their Heads!” Celestial and Meteorological Prophecy in the Neo-Assyrian Empire Jonathan Stökl, University of Leiden

Were the Neo-Assyrian Prophets Intercessors? A Comparative Study of Neo-Assyrian and Hebrew Texts Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer, University of Aberdeen

Isaiah: Prophet of Weal or Woe? H. G. M. Williamson, University of Oxford

Indexes

Index of Authors

Index of Scripture

Index of Other Ancient Sources

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