Iron Age Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions

Iron Age Hieroglyphic Luwian Inscriptions

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Society of Biblical Literature
Hieroglyphic Luwian belongs to the Anatolian group of ancient languages and was inscribed primarily on stone, using an indigenous Anatolian pictorial writing system. These Hieroglyphic Luwian inscriptions were written over a period of centuries in the region of Anatolia and northern Syria. Their authors were primarily the rulers of the so-called Neo-Hittite states, contemporaries and neighbors of early Israel. This volume collects some of the most important and representative of the inscriptions in transliteration and translation, organized by genre. Each text is accompanied by relevant information on provenance, dating, and other points of interest that will engage specialist and nonspecialist alike.

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A German specialist in ancient Anatolian languages, Payne transliterates and translates inscriptions in the regional hieroglyphic script used by several neo-Hittite states in what is now Syria about 1200-700 BCE. The hieroglyphs are surprisingly uniform considering how many peoples used them and over so large a territory, she says. Her introduction discusses the discovery of the Luwian inscriptions, the historical background of the Hittite Empire 1680-1200 and successor states, biblical Hittites, the hieroglyphic script, hieroglyphic scholarship, texts, and kingship. The texts themselves are divided into sections on bilinguals, funerary and commemorative inscriptions, building inscriptions, dedicatory inscriptions, and miscellanea. There is no index. The Society of Biblical Literature publishes the paperbound edition; Brill publishes the hardbound. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Atlanta : Society of Biblical Literature, Ă2012
ISBN: 9781589836587
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 124 pages) : map
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Additional Contributors: Melchert, H. Craig (Harold Craig), 1945-


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