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A Political History of the Arameans: From Their Origins to the End of Their Polities
K. Lawson Younger Jr.
ABS 13
Publication Date
October 2016


Winner of the Biblical Archaeology Society 2017 Publication Award for Best Scholarly Book on Archaeology

K. Lawson Younger Jr. presents a political history of the Arameans from their earliest origins to the demise of their independent entities. The book investigates their tribal structures, the development of their polities, and their interactions with other groups in the ancient Near East. Younger utilizes all of the available sources to develop a comprehensive picture of this complex, yet highly important, people whose influence and presence spanned the Fertile Crescent.


  • The best, recent understanding of tribal political structures, aspects of mobile pastoralism, and models of migration
  • A regional rather than a monolithic approach to the rise of Aramean polities
  • Thorough integration of the complex relationships and interactions of the Arameans with the Luwians, the Assyrians, the Israelites, and others

K. Lawson Younger Jr. is Professor of Old Testament, Semitic Languages, and Ancient Near Eastern History at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School of Trinity International University, Deerfield, Illinois. He is the author of Ancient Conquest Accounts:A Study of Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical History Writing (Bloomsbury T&T Clark) and Ugarit at Seventy-Five (Eisenbrauns).

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