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Assur Is King Of Persia: Illustrations Of The Book Of Esther In Some Nineteenth-Century Sources, Steven W. Holloway Jun 2018

Assur Is King Of Persia: Illustrations Of The Book Of Esther In Some Nineteenth-Century Sources, Steven W. Holloway

Steven W Holloway

The marriage of archaeological referencing and picture Bibles in the nineteenth century resulted in an astonishing variety of guises worn by the court of Ahasuerus in Esther. Following the exhibition of Neo-Assyrian sculpture in the British Museum and the wide circulation of such images in various John Murray publications, British illustrators like Henry Anelay defaulted to Assyrian models for kings and rulers in the Old Testament, including the principal actors in Esther, even though authentic Achaemenid Persian art had been available for illustrative pastiche for decades. This curious adoptive choice echoed British national pride in its splendid British Museum collection ...


A ‘New’ Kutir-Nahhunte Ii Text, Steven W. Holloway Jun 2018

A ‘New’ Kutir-Nahhunte Ii Text, Steven W. Holloway

Steven W Holloway

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What Ship Goes There: The Flood Narratives In The Gilgamesh Epic And Genesis Considered In Light Of Ancient Near Eastern Temple Ideology, Steven W. Holloway Dec 1990

What Ship Goes There: The Flood Narratives In The Gilgamesh Epic And Genesis Considered In Light Of Ancient Near Eastern Temple Ideology, Steven W. Holloway

Steven W Holloway

Despite efforts made to understand the Mesopotamian and Genesis flood narratives as cosmogonies, the architecture and religious symbolism of the arks remain a scholarly embarrassment. Comparisons of the design of the arks described in Gilgamesh XI and Genesis 6—8 traditionally have focused on the sharp incompatibility of their dimensions. I shall attempt to demonstrate by a close