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Divination, Politics, and Ancient Near Eastern Empires
Alan Lenzi, Jonathan Stokl, editors
Publication Date
June 2014


Advance your understanding of divination’s role in supporting or undermining imperial aspirations in the ancient Near East

This collection examines the ways that divinatory texts in the Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near East undermined and upheld the empires in which the texts were composed, edited, and read. Nine essays and an introduction engage biblical scholarship on the Prophets, Assyriology, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the critical study of Ancient Empires.


  • Interdisciplinary approaches include propaganda studies
  • Essays examine how biblical and other ancient Near Eastern texts were shaped by political and theological empires
  • Index of ancient sources

Alan Lenzi is Associate Professor of Religious and Classical Studies at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. He is the author of Secrecy and the Gods: Secret Knowledge in Ancient Mesopotamia and Biblical Israel (The Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project) and the editor of Reading Akkadian Prayers and Hymns: An Introduction (Society of Biblical Literature).

Jonathan Stökl is Lecturer in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at King’s College London. He is the author of Prophecy in the Ancient Near East: A Philological and Sociological Comparison (Brill) and co-editor of In the Name of God: The Bible in the Colonial Discourse of Empire (Brill) and Prophets Male and Female: Gender and Prophecy in the Hebrew Bible, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Ancient Near East (Society of Biblical Literature).

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