Babel und Bibel 9: Selected Papers Presented at the 6th Biennial Meeting of the International association for Comparative Semitics
This is the ninth volume of Babel und Bibel, an annual of ancient Near Eastern, Old Testament, and Semitic studies. The principal goal of the annual is to reveal the inherent relationship between Assyriology, Semitics, and biblical studies—a relationship that our predecessors comprehended and fruitfully explored but that is often neglected today. The title Babel und Bibel is intended to point to the possibility of fruitful collaboration among the three disciplines, in an effort to explore the various civilizations of the ancient Near East.
This volume includes as a major portion of its contents selected papers from the 6th Biannual Meeting of the International Association for Comparative Semitics.
The State Hermitage Museum (SHM) in St. Petersburg houses eleven Aramaic incantation bowls. Seven of them are inscribed in the Jewish Aramaic square script, one is inscribed in Mandaic characters, and there are three pseudoscript bowls. Six of these eleven bowls have been previously published (Shileyko 1921; Borisov 1939; Borisov 1969). The present paper is the first publication of the entire SHM collection, based on collations of the originals.
This is a review of the two-volume edition of nearly 450 Sargonic administrative texts from Adab that belong to the Cornell collection of cuneiform documents.
Turoyo is the most archaic among modern Eastern Aramaic languages (with the exception of Neo-Mandaic), hence its importance for the history of Aramaic. Numerous features of Turoyo verbal morphology are easily traceable back to Classical Syriac proto-forms in so far as formal shapes are concerned. For this reason, the cases in which certain Turoyo forms do not stand in direct continuity with the assumed Syriac proto-forms promise new results in the reconstruction of the Middle Aramaic ancestor of Turoyo.
The note deals with future-time readings of the Perfect in Turoyo, an Eastern Aramaic language of south-eastern Turkey. The Perfect of Turoyo is a tense- aspect form whose etymology is not trivial for PERFECT (in the sense of linguistic typology) and whose meaning has not yet been described closely enough.