Eisenbrauns June sale
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June 2012 Web Sale: Save 30–50% on selected titles from the Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project
Summer! The time for kings to go to war! I can almost see the Neo-Assyrian king now, riding in his chariot in pursuit of glory for himself and his god. Eisenbrauns is celebrating the beginning of summer by running discounts up to 50% on selected titles from the Neo-Assyrian Text Corpus Project. It isn't a chariot, but you might need one to carry all these great books.
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In a message dated 01/06/2012 18:25:04 GMT Daylight Time, jspinti@... writes:
[snipped] Summer! The time for kings to go to war! I can almost see the Neo-Assyrian king now, riding in his chariot in pursuit of glory for himself and his god.
I hope it will not be thought that I miss James Spinti's point, nor lack a sense of humour nor aim frivolously to complicate his legitimate exhortation, if I note that James has raised an interesting point with his reference.
The time when kings go to war (2Sam 11:1 cf. 1Chron 20:1) was not, as I understand it, the summer but the "teshuvat hashanah", or "turning of the year", which is usually associated with spring or autumn/fall, as the months in which the equinoxes fell were (and still are) the focus of year-counting (spring - Abib / Nisan) and the new year (autumn /Fall - Ethanim / TIshri), with their associated festivals of Pesach and Succoth.
I read that the targum of 1Chron 20:1 adds a specification of Nisan but, as there is ever an ambiguity about the equinoxes in the Hebrew Bible and in Jewish tradition - represented by the apparent illogicality of having New Year in month seven, as counted from the spring, - some might argue for an autumnal interpretation.
Those more learned than I may know of ANE references to summer as war-time. I would be interested to hear, if so - also if list members have examined "teshuvat hashanah" and have suggestions to offer about it.
I suspect James uses the idea metaphorically, of course, but the issue is nonetheless a valid focus in itself.
Thank you, in advance.
Dr. Bruce Gardner (Rtd.)
Dr. Bruce Gardner (Rtd.)
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