Eisenbrauns is pleased to announce the publication of two new Assyriological titles, available today. Please note that European customers can order Eisenbrauns titles through Ugarit-Verlag (http://ugarit-verlag.com/).

1. The Umma Messenger Texts from the Harvard Semitic Museum and the Yale Babylonian Collection, Part 1

NISABA 27 — By Noemi Borrelli


Retail price: $54.50 — ISBN13: 978-1-57506-377-5 —Pages: 297

In this volume, Noemi Borrelli publishes 240 Messenger Texts from the city of Umma, texts that are currently housed in the collections of the Yale Babylonian Collection and the Harvard Semitic Museum. Earlier volumes of Nisaba published nearly 900 similar Messenger Texts that are in the collections of the British Museum.

The texts published here range in date from the fifth month of Amar-Suen 3 to the twelfth month of Ibbi-Sîn. These administrative records provide data on the allotment of rations and disbursement of goods and thus form a basis for further study of the sociology and economics of Neo-Sumerian times in and around the city of Umma. 

2. Babel und Bibel 8: Studies in Sumerian Language and Culture: Festschrift Joachim Krecher

BuB 8 Edited by Natalia V. Koslova, E. Vizirova, and Gabor Zolyomi


Retail price: $89.50 — ISBN13: 978-1-57506-354-6 — Pages: xii + 645

This is the eighth volume of Babel und Bibel, an annual of ancient Near Eastern, Old Testament, and Semitic studies. The principal goal of the annual is to reveal the inherent relationship between Assyriology, Semitics, and biblical studies-a relationship that our predecessors comprehended and fruitfully explored but that is often neglected today. The title Babel und Bibel is intended to point to the possibility of fruitful collaboration among the three disciplines, in an effort to explore the various civilizations of the ancient Near East.

This volume is a festschrift for Joachim Krecher, Professor of Assyriology in the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. Krecher is best known, perhaps, for his seminal Sumerische Kultlyrik, published already in 1966. This compendium includes 17 essays by friends and colleagues, all focusing on Sumerian language and literature