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Disembodied Souls: The Nefesh in Israel and Kindred Spirits in the Ancient Near East, with an Appendix on the Katumuwa Inscription

  title={Disembodied Souls: The Nefesh in Israel and Kindred Spirits in the Ancient Near East, with an Appendix on the Katumuwa Inscription},
  author={Richard C. Steiner},
About the author (2015) Richard C. Steiner is Professor of Semitic Languages and Literature at Yeshiva University and Honorary Member of the Academy of the Hebrew Language in Israel. 

The Ördekburnu and Katumuwa Stelae: Some Reflections on Two Grabdenkmäler

  • K. Younger
  • History
    Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research
  • 2020
The recent discovery of the Katumuwa Stele and the new edition of the Ördekburnu Stele have invigorated the study of ancient Yādiya/Samʾal, in particular the study of its Grabdenkmäler. This article

On the Role of South Arabian and Ethio-Semitic within a Comparative Semitic Lexicographical Project

Genetic classification in general depends to a large extent on the criteria selected. Inspired by Kogan 2015 and other sources, this paper looks at specific lexical peculiarities and semantic traits

The Overlap of Moral Selfhood and Legalities in Ancient Scriptural Discourse

This article discusses the “heart” as part of the terminology for selfhood in ancient Jewish literature. After discussing a couple of criticisms of studies of the self and showing how these

Possession and Other Spirit Phenomena in Biblical Literature

This dissertation maps the functions of spirit language, rituals, and myths in the Hebrew Bible and in Second Temple Jewish literature. Most studies of these phenomena aim to decode them using modern

The Afterlife Views and the Use of the Tanakh in Support of the Resurrection Concept in the Literature of Second Temple Period Judaism: the Apocrypha and the Pseudepigrapha


The Power of Resurrection: Early Christian Resistance Through the Rise of Disciplinary Power

This dissertation is an analysis of the spread of Christianity in the first three centuries and the commensurate activation and development of what Michel Foucault calls disciplinary mechanisms of

Christian physicalism and the biblical argument for dualism

  • R. Weir
  • Philosophy
    International journal for philosophy of religion
  • 2022
This paper examines whether biblical descriptions of the intermediate state imply dualism of the sort that rules out physicalism. Certain passages in the Bible seem to describe persons or souls

The Niphal as middle voice and its consequence for meaning

The central thesis of this article is that improved knowledge of the Niphal can offer us arguments in favour of (or against) certain meanings of verbs in biblical texts. Proceeding from general

An Ancient North Arabian inscribed Nefesh Stele from the vicinity of Jerash (Nortwestern Jordan)

francaisLa presente etude aborde une ancienne inscription nord-arabe decouverte a proximite de Jerash (nord-ouest de la Jordanie) par une expedition archeologique francaise dans les annees 80 du

God as Guardian and Enemy of the Human Soul/Life. The Cultural and Theological Code of the nepeš in 1 Sam 25:29

The cycles of traditions about Saul’s rise to power and reign (1 Sam 7:2–12:25; 13:1–15:31) and David’s ascension to the throne (1 Sam 16:1 – 2 Sam 5:5) portray human life as constantly under threat



Le Dialecte Araméen de L’inscription De Kuttamuwa (Zencirli, Viiie S. Av. N. È.)

This is the eleventh chapter of the book titled In the Shadow of Bezalel. Aramaic, Biblical, and Ancient Near Eastern Studies in Honor of Bezalel Porten . It discusses the Aramaic dialect of the

The Gilgamesh Epic and Old Testament Parallels

Cuneiform records made some three thousand years ago are the basis for this essay on the ideas of death and the afterlife and the story of the flood which were current among the ancient peoples of

The Aramaic Text in Demotic Script.

This preliminary translation of the Aramaic text in Demotic Script accompanied by the Demotic-Aramaic text and notes is based on a manuscript originally written by Richard C. Steiner in 1991 and then edited by Charles F. Nims in 1993.

A dictionary of the Targumim, the Talmud Babli and Yerushalmi, and the Midrashic literature : with an index of scriptural quotations

  • M. Jastrow
  • Linguistics
    Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland
  • 1897
The two-volume dictionary translating Hebrew and Aramaic terms into English was published in 1943 by Title Publishing, New York, and is here reproduced in a single volume. The literature it embraces

A grammar of Egyptian Aramaic

This up-to-date grammar of Egyptian Aramaic of the middle of the first millennium BCE is meant to replace P. Leander's grammar of 1928, but also has a substantial section on syntax, which was totally

Become Like the Angels: Origen's Doctrine of the Soul

No theologian’s legacy more exemplifies the tension between philosophy and faith than that of Origen of Alexandria (c. 185–254 CE)—“the most astonishing sign of contradiction in the history of

A biblical translation in the making : the evolution and impact of Saadia Gaon's Tafsir

In his youth, R. Saadia Gaon (882-942 CE) dreamed of publishing a proper translation of the "Torah" for Arabic-speaking Jews, to replace the overly literal ones in vogue at the time. His dream was

Secondary Mortuary Practice and the Bench Tomb: Structure and Practice in Iron Age Judah*

This article is an investigation of the bench tomb, a tomb type that appeared in the southern Levant in the tenth century b.c.e. and became the signature burial form of Iron II Judah from the eighth

Ancient Near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament

This anthology brought together the most important historical, legal, mythological, liturgical, and secular texts of the ancient Near East, with the purpose of providing a rich contextual base for

Deuteronomy = דברים : the traditional Hebrew text with the new JPS translation

The JPS Torah Commentary series guides readers through the words and ideas of the Torah. Each volume is the work of a scholar who stands at the pinnacle of his field. Every page contains the complete