1.2 Course Materials

1.2.1 Course Materials

[callout]There are no required textbooks. However, many lessons will have “recommended reading” for those who would like to explore the topic further. Whenever possible, these will be links to online resources. Unfortunately, not all primary source material is available online due to copyright restrictions. You can find recommended texts below.[/callout]

Hebrew Bible

You can find different translations of the Bible at this site. I recommend The New Revised Standard Version (NSRV) or the New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE).

If you prefer to purchase a Bible, I recommend either:

  • Berlin, Adele, Marc Zvi Brettler, and Jewish Publication Society, eds. The Jewish Study Bible: Tanakh Translation. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2014. [ Amazon.com Link* | Worldcat Link ]
  • Coogan, Michael David, Marc Zvi Brettler, and Carol A Newsom, eds. The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version. 4th ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. [ Amazon.com Link* | Worldcat Link ]

Ancient Near East Primary Sources

The following books are reasonably priced & widely available. The Coogan/Smith text focuses on Ugaritic literature, while the Dalley text focuses on Akkadian literature. Together, they cover many texts in the course.

  • Coogan, Michael David, and Mark S. Smith, eds. Stories from Ancient Canaan. 2nd ed. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2012. [ Amazon.com Link* | Worldcat Link ]
  • Dalley, Stephanie, ed. Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, the Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others. Rev. ed. Oxford World’s Classics. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. [ Amazon.com Link* | Worldcat Link ]

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