Thursday, June 29, 2006
I know, small detail to some of you, but progress. Now if we could just get the thing to move faster...Anybody got any squirrels we could borrow? We feed them well, all they do is run in circles. The faster they go, the more power to our webserver. Just kidding :)
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
The latest doping scandal in cycling
The Tour de France could disappear, and sports fans the world over would shrug and change the channel. What’s more telling, the Tour and the entire sport of professional road cycling could stop tomorrow and millions of cycling enthusiasts would still wake up tomorrow morning and ride their bikes. This is the warning that the UCI faces: either remake the sport, or risk it becoming irrelevant, a sideshow like pro wrestling. And all it would mean to most people, even ardent cyclists, is that they’d have more time to do things like ride their own bikes.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
More on the broken Mugs
"Archaeologists from Indiana University assert that this is finally the definitive proof that an enclave of people devoted to ancient Near East studies lived in Winona Lake, while archaeologists from Tel Aviv University and the University of Copenhagen state that there never was a group of ANE devotees in the third millenium. Instead, ANE studies flourished in the mid fourth millenium and this interest was retrojected back onto the early third millenium in order to give fourth millenium scholars more prestige."
Who would have thought? Minimalists/Maximalists in 4154 CE!
BHQ on sale
General Introduction and Megilloth
Biblia Hebraica Quinta
Biblia Hebraica Quinta - BHQ 18
Edited by Adrian Schenker, et al.
Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft Stuttgart,2004
368 pages,Hebrew, Paper
List Price: $98.00
Your Price: $53.90
Monday, June 26, 2006
And here is a closeup:
We are considering burying them on the property. Wouldn't archaeologists have a blast in 2000 years? :) I can just see the report now:
"Obviously a ritual destruction of the cup once it has been used. The destruction almost certainly guarantees the continuation of the world. Undoubtedly the ritual was held every year at the summer solstice. The fact that it is in cuneiform proves that this method of writing was in continuous use from its invention through this period, 6000 years later. It must have been used only on ritual vessels at this time period, since it is relatively rare..."
What do you think?
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Here is a picture of our display. Way too many books and not enough room. I always think I can get more on a table than I actually can.
If you look carefully you can see 3 of the new mugs on display, but this is a better picture
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
I ran into Timothy Smith, the guy who runs ATLA conventions, in the lobby and he told me that the exhibit hall opens tomorrow at 7:00 AM for setup, which is nice; I won't have to rush to get set up in time. Once I have it set up, I hope to post some pictures before it opens. The hotel has free wireless in the rooms, so hopefully it will be in the meeting rooms as well. If not, I can come back to the room or lobby and use the the Wi-Fi there.
Time for bed now.
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
The mugs are here
Here's our website blurb:
"We're at it again. We have created the perfect mug for scholars in ancient Near Eastern studies. Show off your knowledge of Akkadian with this cuneiform mug from the "merchant of the 4 corners" Eisenbrauns. There is no transliteration or translation on the mug—although we include a slip of paper with that information—just the cuneiform text of the first two lines of the Enuma Elish. Impress your friends and dazzle your enemies, impress the dean, intimidate the new graduate students, there is no end to the uses for this mug. Of course, it works great for coffee, tea, and hot chocolate, too."
Get yours here. I could add some cheap marketing thing like, "Hurry supplies are limited." But, I won't; really, I won't.
Monday, June 19, 2006
Book Buyers take note
Friday, June 16, 2006
Another new book
This one just arrived:
Conspiracy and Imprisonment
Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Works - DBW 16
by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Edited by Mark Brocker
Translated by Lisa E. Dahill
Fortress Press, 2006
xxv + 882 pages,English
Cloth,6 x 9
List Price: $60.00
Your Price: $49.80
Interesting new book
Holy Spirit and Religious Experience in Christian Literature ca. AD 90-200
with a foreword by James D.G. Dunn
Studies in Christian History and Thought - SCHT
by John Eifion Morgan-Wynne
xxi + 381 pages,English, Paper
List Price: $39.99
Your Price: $35.19
From the back of the book:
"Holy Spirit and Religious Experience seeks to find out how far the centrality of the Holy Spirit in Christian experience during the earliest period of the church was maintained or diminished in the third to the fifth generations (ca. A.D. 90-200). Three themes are explored. First, the sense of encounter with the divine presence, the numinous, a sense of being caught up into the divine being or being overwhelmed by the One who is beyond us. Secondly, a sense of being illuminated in respect to the truth, given deeper understanding of God's purpose, whether for the individual or the congregation, or guided in decision-making. Thirdly, a sense of ethical empowerment, an awareness of being helped by divine power, assisted in a course of action or development of character, in grappling with temptation, or in the ultimate test of loyalty, martyrdom.
"The book is arranged geographically, from Syria and Asia Minor in the east to Rome and Gaul in the west, including North Africa and Egypt. Christian authors within these areas are examined chronologically, from the later New Testament writers through the second century to Clement of Alexandriia and Tertullian of Carthage, for the evidence they supply. The varegated picture which emerges, it is contended, reflects second-century Christianity."
Thursday, June 15, 2006
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I only have a 10 foot table, so the field is limited. I usually end up just taking the newest stuff and having an order form with the rest. A compromise at best.
So, if you are going to be at the ATLA next week, be sure to introduce yourself to me. Or, if you live in the Chicago area and have some free time and want to see our display, e-mail me for a free pass. We will be at the Holiday Inn Market Plaza right downtown.
This conference is the first in the summer conference schedule. Jim and John will be at the International SBL in July, then Jim goes on to the RAI in Muenster. While he is there, Marti will be going to the ICRS—International Christian Retail Show (formerly CBA) in Denver. Right after that, she heads to England for two shows back to back on Persia. While she is over there, the Catholic CBA is happening in Chicago. And that takes us to the middle of August, the summer is gone. Oh, and I am taking a two week vacation in there somewhere. And we have two catalogs to get in the mail before the end of August. Summer, the time to relax and enjoy life :)
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Wimp that I am
Monday, June 12, 2006
Latest Biblical Archaeology Review
Anyway, this month Hershel decides he is the "hype police." In his column "First Person" he takes the National Geographic to task for the way they hyped the Gospel of Judas. He is right, of course. But, talk about the pot calling the kettle black! I think he is just jealous that it didn't come his way first. Can you imagine the hype? It would make what the NG did look tame.
In fairness, he does end his column by acknowledging that some will see this as the pot calling the kettle black, which it is.
Friday, June 09, 2006
This is the scary stuff:
The following statistics were presented by Pastor Darrin Patrick from research he has gathered from such organizations as Barna and Focus on the Family.
* Fifteen hundred pastors leave the ministry each month due to moral failure, spiritual burnout, or contention in their churches.
* Fifty percent of pastors' marriages will end in divorce.
* Eighty percent of pastors and eighty-four percent of their spouses feel unqualified and discouraged in their role as pastors.
* Fifty percent of pastors are so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they could, but have no other way of making a living.
* Eighty percent of seminary and Bible school graduates who enter the ministry will leave the ministry within the first five years.
* Seventy percent of pastors constantly fight depression.
* Almost forty percent polled said they have had an extra-marital affair since beginning their ministry.
* Seventy percent said the only time they spend studying the Word is when they are preparing their sermons.
* Eighty percent of pastors' spouses feel their spouse is overworked.
* Eighty percent of pastors' spouses wish their spouse would choose another profession.
* The majority of pastor's wives surveyed said that the most destructive event that has occurred in their marriage and family was the day they entered the ministry.
He goes on a gives some advice to avoid it. Worth a read, even if you aren't a pastor.
Eisenbrauns 10 day sale
I have been experimenting with a new style of sale the last 2 weeks. I offer 7-10 books at a very low price—$5.00-$15.00—with the condition that they purchase a book—any other book—at regular web price. It has been getting mixed results. Some people try to order the books without ordering any other book. Some people think they have to order a different book at full retail, even if it is discounted on the web site.
What do you think? I'm offering books with retail prices in the $35-$60.00 range for $5.00-$15.00. Is it unreasonable to ask the purchaser to buy another book at regular web price? Or is it more a case of overlooking the condition? Everyone wants a deal, me included, and I don't want to sound stingy by adding a condition. But, these are top quality books that we just have too many of right now—look at our forthcoming and just published books. We just plain don't have a lot of room left. Where is Joe Cathey with his pickup? :) Now that's an idea: Truckload sale. You come and pick them up. Any takers?
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
New catalogs arrived!
These catalogs take a lot of time to put together—although since we started using XML it is faster—so I really like it when they turn out nice. I especially like the cover on the Biblical Studies catalog. Andy did a nice job, don't you think?
Eisenbrauns has started doing the publishing for the Oriental Institute, Moscow. The first book we are doing is the annual Babel und Bibel. At 792 pages, this is no small book! It will be in hardcover, good paper, excellent binding—you know the Eisenbrauns quality.
But, I digress. The volume is a memorial volume to I.M. Diakonoff with a table of contents that is a virtual "who's who" of Semitic studies. If you have any interest in Semitics, this volume is sure to have something for you. Here is the "official" blurb:
"The year 2005 marked the 90th anniversary of the birth of Igor Diakonoff (1915-1999). A classical Semitist in educational background, Diakonoff was most influential in his principal field of research--Assyriology. However, Diakonoff was also broadly interested in various aspects of ancient Near Eastern studies, notably Mesopotamian history, Semitic and Afroasiatic linguistics, and biblical studies. Although not major domains of Diakonoff's scholarship, Biblical Hebrew and the ancient Near Eastern background of the Old Testament were areas of expertise that made him one of the leading figures of biblical studies in Russia. For several decades Diakonoff was a "live bridge" between ancient Near Eastern and Semitic scholars working in Russia and the international scholarly community. Fittingly, this volume of Babel & Bibel in memory of Diakonoff contains essays, short notes, and reviews by scholars from the Russian and international scholarly community on topics in ancient Near Eastern, Semitic and Afroasiatic, and Old Testament studies. The contributors include A. Archi, G. F. del Monte, G. del Olmo Lete, J.-M. Durand, B. R. Foster, P. Franzaroli, S. Loesov, J. Marzahn, J. Pasquali, W. Sommerfeld, K. Markina, N. Roudik, M. P. Streck, M. V. Tonietti, W. R. Garr, K. Jongeling, M. Seleznev, V. Blazek, M. Bulakh, T. Frolova, J. Huehnergard, R. M. Kerr, L. Kogan, A. Militarev, J. Sanmartin, G. Takacs, A. Zaborski, N. V. Koslova, S. Loesov, and L. M. Dreyer."
And here is the bibiliographical stuff:
Babel & Bibel 2: Memoriae Igor M. Diakonoff
Annual of Ancient Near Eastern, Old Testament, and Semitic Studies
Babel & Bibel -- B&B 2
Edited by Leonid Kogan, et al.
Eisenbrauns,Forthcoming, June 2006
xii + 792 pages,
Hard cover,6 x 9 inches
Your Price: $79.50
Monday, June 05, 2006
Mug details revealed
e-nu-ma e-liš la na-bu-ú šá-ma-mu
šap-liš am-ma-tum šu-ma la zak-rat
Recognize it? It's the first 2 lines of the Enuma Elish. Duane got it right; however he missed the colophon (see below). He was right that it is a later addition. The Enuma Elish is a good 2500-3000 years earlier than Eisenbrauns :)
Update, 8:00 AM: I missed this for the original post, but I see that Charles over at Awilum also got the text right.
When on high no name was given to heaven,
nor below was the netherworld called by name
The smaller inscription next to "eisenbrauns.com" has the determinative LÚ.DAM.GÀR (merchants) plus the phrase kib-rat erbe-tim "of the four corners [of the earth]," which was a classic epithet of the Neo-Assyrian kings. We think it's quite appropriate.
Now, how do you get one?
Enuma Elish cuneiform mug
Pre-orders are welcomed!
Eisenbrauns,Forthcoming mid-June 2006
Your Price: $7.50
Or, watch BookNews for special offers, and I will have them with me at the American Theological Librarians Association June 22-23.
If you think you can wait until November, we will have them with us at AAR/SBL, too!
Friday, June 02, 2006
New Eisenbrauns mug now "in press"
OK, what does it say and where is it from? Find out on Monday how you can get yours! They should be arriving in about two weeks.