Table of contents for Ancient texts for the study of the Hebrew Bible : a guide to the background literature / Kenton L. Sparks.

Bibliographic record and links to related information available from the Library of Congress catalog.

Note: Contents data are machine generated based on pre-publication provided by the publisher. Contents may have variations from the printed book or be incomplete or contain other coding.


Counter
Contents
Preface	xiii
Abbreviations	xix
Historical Chart	xxx
Maps	xxxii
Introduction	1
The Essentials of Comparison	3
Form Criticism and the Hebrew Bible	5
An Introduction to Generic Theory	7
More about Genre: The Generic Matrix, Intrinsic Genre, and Analytical Genres	10
Defending the Analytical Generic Approach	11
Generic Traits and Analytical Genre	12
Conclusions	21
Select Bibliography	21
1. Near Eastern Archives and Libraries	25
Introduction	25
Language and Writing in the Ancient Near East	27
Scribes, Scholars, Literacy, and Canonicity	30
1.1. Syria-Palestine	33
1.2. Mesopotamia	37
1.3. Egypt	45
1.4. Anatolia	51
1.5. Persia	52
General Bibliography	52
2. Wisdom Literature	56
Introduction	56
2.1. Mesopotamian Wisdom	57
2.1.1. Standard Mesopotamian Wisdom	58
2.1.2. Mesopotamian Speculative Wisdom	61
2.1.3. Other Mesopotamian Wisdom Texts	64
2.2. Egyptian Wisdom	65
2.2.1. Standard Egyptian Wisdom: The Instructions	66
2.2.2. Speculative Egyptian Wisdom	73
2.3. West Semitic and Hittite Wisdom	75
Concluding Observations	78
General Bibliography	82
3. Hymns, Prayers, and Laments	84
Introduction	84
3.1. Mesopotamian Hymns, Prayers, and Laments	85
3.1.1. Sumerian and Akkadian Hymns from Mesopotamia	85
3.1.2. Mesopotamian Prayers and Laments	90
3.1.3. Mesopotamian Incantation Prayers	102
3.2. Egyptian Hymns, Prayers, and Laments	104
3.3. Hittite Prayers and Hymns	112
3.4. Ugaritic Hymns and Prayers	116
Concluding Observations	117
General Bibliography	122
Near Eastern Musicology Bibliography	124
4. Love Poetry (and Related Texts)	127
Introduction	127
4.1. Mesopotamian Love Poetry	127
4.2. Egyptian Love Poetry	135
4.3. Ugaritic Love Poetry	139
Concluding Observations	140
General Bibliography	142
5. Rituals and Incantations	144
Introduction	144
5.1. Sacred Space: Cult Statues, Temple Construction, Temple Rites, and Topographic Texts	147
5.2. Temple Purgation Rituals	161
5.3. "Scapegoat" Elimination Rituals	164
5.4. Blood as a Ritual Detergent	165
5.5. Vernal and Autumnal Festivals	166
5.6. Priestly Ordination Texts	172
5.7. Other Priestly Instruction Texts	173
5.8. Other Apotropaic, Prophylactic, and Productive Rituals	176
5.8.1. Mesopotamian Apotropaic, Prophylactic, and Productive Rituals	177
5.8.2. Egyptian Apotropaic, Prophylactic, and Productive Rituals	185
5.8.3. Hittite Apotropaic, Prophylactic, and Productive Rituals	187
5.8.4. Ugaritic Apotropaic, Prophylactic, and Productive Rituals	191
5.9. Ritual and Death: Funerary Cults and Cults of the Dead	192
5.9.1. Egyptian Funerary Cults and Cults of the Dead	193
5.9.2. Mesopotamian Funerary Cults and Cults of the Dead	196
5.9.3. Hittite Funerary Cults and Cults of the Dead	198
5.9.4. Ugaritic Funerary Cults and Cults of the Dead	199
5.10. Other Texts	203
Concluding Observations	205
General Bibliography	212
6. Intermediary Texts: Omens and Prophecies	216
Introduction	216
6.1. Mesopotamian Omens and Prophecies	216
6.1.1. Mesopotamian Omen Literature	217
6.1.2. Mesopotamian Prophecies	224
6.2. Egyptian Prophecies and Omens	230
6.3. West Semitic and Hittite Intermediation	232
Concluding Observations	235
General Bibliography	238
7. Apocalyptic and Related Texts	240
Introduction	240
7.1. Mesopotamian Pseudoprophecies	241
7.2. Egyptian Apocalypses	245
7.3. Persian and Greek Apocalypses	247
Concluding Observations	249
General Bibliography	251
8. Tales and Novellas	252
Introduction	252
8.1. Egyptian Tales and Novellas	253
8.2. Mesopotamian Tales and Novellas	260
8.3. Hittite Tales	264
Concluding Observations	266
General Bibliography	268
9. Epics and Legends	271
Introduction	271
9.1. Mesopotamian Epics and Legends	273
9.1.1. Epic Tales of Enmerkar, Lugalbanda, and Gilgamesh	273
9.1.2. The Legends of Sargon, Naram-Sin, and the Other Sargonid Kings	279
9.1.3. Other Epics and Legends from Mesopotamia	286
9.2. The Ugaritic Epics	293
9.3. Legends from Egypt and Hatti	296
Concluding Observations	299
General Bibliography	303
10. Myth	305
Introduction	305
10.1. Mesopotamian Myths	306
10.1.1. Sumerian Myths	307
10.1.2. Akkadian Myths	313
10.2. Egyptian Myths	323
10.3. Hittite Myths	330
10.4. Ugaritic Myths	332
Concluding Observations	335
General Bibliography	341
11. Genealogies, King Lists, and Related Texts	344
Introduction	344
11.1. Mesopotamian King Lists and Related Texts	344
11.2. Egyptian King List	352
11.3. Ugaritic King Lists	353
11.4. Near Eastern and Greek Genealogies	354
Concluding Observations	357
General Bibliography	359
12. Historiography and Royal Inscriptions	361
Introduction	361
12.1. Mesopotamian Historiography	363
12.1.1. Mesopotamian Chronicles and Annals	363
12.1.2. Other Mesopotamian Texts and Sources	376
12.2. Egyptian Historiography	381
12.2.1. Egyptian Chronicles, Annals, and Biographies	381
12.2.2. Other Egyptian Texts and Sources	387
12.3. Hittite Historiography	390
12.4. Persian Historiography	397
12.5. Ancient Phoenician Historiography	400
12.6. Ancient Greek Historiography	401
12.7. Excursus: The Scandinavian Sagas	406
Concluding Observations	407
General Bibliography	414
13. Law Codes	417
Introduction	417
13.1. The Sumerian Laws	419
13.2. The Akkadian Laws and MßÜaru Edicts	421
13.3. Other Codes and Texts	426
Concluding Observations	429
General Bibliography	432
14. Treaty and Covenant	435
Introduction	435
Treaties, Oaths, and Grants	436
Concluding Observations	445
General Bibliography	447
15. Epigraphic Sources from Syria-Palestine and Its Environs	449
Introduction	449
15.1. Hebrew Inscriptions	450
15.2. Other West Semitic Inscriptions	463
General Bibliography	475
Index of Modern Authors	000
Index of Scripture References	000
Index of Ancient Near Eastern Sources	000
Index to English Translations found in ANET	000
Index to English Translations found in COS	000

Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:

Middle Eastern literature -- Relation to the Old Testament.
Bible. O.T. -- Extra-canonical parallels.
Bible. O.T. -- Criticism, Form.