Finally: Reading Akkadian Prayers and Hymns: An Introduction

Alan Lenzi just distributed an email officially announcing the availability of Reading Akkadian Prayers and Hymns: An Introduction. It is finally out in final form and ready for download. I wrote about it a little prematurely a week or so ago and, other than the minor issue of availably, what I said there is still true.
Here is what Alan said in his email,

Dear Colleagues and Friends,
I hope this email finds you well. I am pleased to announce that *Reading Akkadian Prayers and Hymns: An Introduction* is now freely available for download as a PDF.
Full information: Alan Lenzi, ed. *Reading Akkadian Prayers and Hymns: An Introduction.* ANEM 3. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2011. xxiii + 520pp.
ISBN 978-1-58983-595-5 (paper binding : alk. paper) — ISBN 978-1-58983-596-2 (electronic format)
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*Reading Akkadian Prayers and Hymns: An Introduction* offers a “rapid reading” tool to help students build reading fluency in Akkadian while also introducing several genres of Akkadian religious texts. After a full introduction to the issues related to studying Akkadian prayers and hymns, the book contains treatments of twenty-nine examples. Each textual treatment includes a brief introduction and bibliography, the text of the prayer/hymn in transliterated Akkadian, lexical, grammatical, and cultural notes at the foot of the page, a brief comparative discussion with material from the Hebrew Bible, a new English translation, and the text in the cuneiform script. A sample treatment is appended to this email.
This book is the third volume in the open-access, electronic series Ancient Near East Monographs. The volume will also be available (soon) as a paperback for $69.95US.
I edited and contributed numerous treatments to the volume. Other contributors include Tzvi Abusch, Jeffrey Cooley, Christopher Frechette, Kyle Greenwood, Charles Halton, Duane Smith, Jeffrey Stackert, and Anna Elise Zernecke.
I hope this free volume will help you in your teaching.

The publication of this work culminates a major effort on Alan’s part and no small effort on the part of the contributors. Please take time to look through it. If you don’t find something of interest, you don’t really have abnormal interests..

One thought on “Finally: Reading Akkadian Prayers and Hymns: An Introduction

  1. I like to see this kind of thing. Information-sharing at its best. My instinct tells me that it would be well worth my while to read through this so that it might give me more insight into similar Etruscan rites and beliefs. This can only further inform my translation efforts. Bookmarked!

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