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Perchance to Dream: Dream Divination in the Bible and the Ancient Near East
Esther J. Hamori, Jonathan Stokl
Publication Date
April 2018


Essays from an international group of experts

This book examines the interpretation of dreams, which were thought to contain divine messages in the ancient Near East. For the first time in a single collection, scholars examine how dream divination was used in different ancient cultures. The essays, written by scholars specializing in different regions and bodies of literature, shed light on dream divination in the Bible, the Talmud, and in writings from Canaan, Mesopotamia, and Hittite Anatolia. Contributors include Franziska Ede, Esther J. Hamori, Koowon Kim, Christopher Metcalf, Alice Mouton, Scott B. Noegel, Andrew B. Perrin, Stephen C. Russell, Jonathan Stökl, and Haim Weiss.


Perspectives from a variety of texts spanning the ancient eastern Mediterranean worldEssays that serve as an entry point for interested scholars and graduate studentsA thorough study of dream divination understood as a discipline within ancient texts

Esther J. Hamori is an Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Hamori is the author of Women’s Divination in Biblical Literature: Prophecy, Necromancy, and Other Arts of Knowledge (Yale University Press).

Jonathan Stökl is lecturer 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).

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