Reading List: Ancient History, Including Biblical Studies, and Mythology

Ancient Mesopotamia at the Dawn of Civilization: The Evolution of an Urban Landscape by Guillermo Algaze

The Punic Wars 264-146 BC (Essential Histories) by Nigel Bagnall

Helpmates, Harlots, and Heroes, Second Edition by Alice Ogden Bellis

Ancestor of the West : Writing, Reasoning, and Religion in Mesopotamia, Elam, and Greece by Francois Zabbal, Jean Pierre Vernant, Clarisse Herrenschmidt, Teresa Lavender, and Jean Bottero

A History of the Romans by Frank C. Bourne

Libraries in the Ancient World by Lionel Casson

Livy (Oxford Readings in Classical Studies) edited by Christina S. Kraus and Jane D. Chaplin

From Eden to Exile: Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible by Eric Cline

Roman Women (Cambridge Introduction to Roman Civilization) by Eve D’Ambra

Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, the Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others (Oxford World’s Classics) by Stephanie Dalley

Princess, Priestess, Poet: The Sumerian Temple Hymns of Enheduanna (Classics and the Ancient World)by Betty De Shong Meador

Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why (Plus) by Bart D. Ehrman

The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings by Bart D. Ehrman

Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium by Bart D. Ehrman

Between Rome and Carthage: Southern Italy during the Second Punic War by Michael P. Fronda

In the Wake of the Goddesses: Women, Culture and the Biblical Transformation of Pagan Myth by Tikva Frymer-Kensky

Livy: The Early History of Rome, Books I-V (Penguin Classics) (Bks. 1-5) translated by Aubrey De Selincourt, by Titus Livius

Livy: History of Rome, Vol. I, Books 1-2 (Loeb Classical Library: Latin Authors, Vol. 114) translated by B.O. Foster, by Titus Livius

History of Rome, II: Books 3-4 (Loeb Classical Library) translated by B.O. Foster, by Titus Livius

Princess, Priestess, Poet: The Sumerian Temple Hymns of Enheduanna (Classics and the Ancient World) by Betty De Shong Meador

A History of the Ancient Near East ca. 3000 – 323 BC [Blackwell History of the Ancient World Ser.] by Marc Van De Mieroop

The Roman Near East: 31 BC-AD 337 (Carl Newell Jackson Lectures) by Fergus Millar

Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity by Sarah Pomeroy

The Archaeology of Elam: Formation and Transformation of an Ancient Iranian State (Cambridge World Archaeology) by Daniel T. Potts

Women in Ancient Egypt by Gay Robins

JPS Torah Commentary: Genesis by Nahum Sarna

Empress Zenobia: Palmyra’s Rebel Queen by Pat Southern

Palmyra and Its Empire: Zenobia’s Revolt against Rome by Richard Stoneman

Echoes of Eden: Genesis 2-3 and Symbolism of the Eden Garden in Biblical Hebrew Literature (Contributions to Biblical Exegesis & Theology) by Terje Stordalen

Dictionary of Ancient Deities by Patricia Turner and Charles Russell Coulter

Aurelian and the Third Century (Roman Imperial Biographies) by Alaric Watson

Inanna, Queen of Heaven and Earth: Her Stories and Hymns from Sumerby Diane Wolkstein and Samuel Noah Kramer

Reading List: Israeli/Palestinian Conflict 2-Ancient History

Ancient Period

Jews, Judaism, and the Classical World by Gedalyahu Alon

The First Jewish Revolt: Archaeology, History and Ideology by Andrea M. Berlin

The Jews in the Greek Age by Elias Bickerman

1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed (Turning Points in Ancient History) by Eric Cline

Who Were the Early Israelites and Where Did They Come From? by William Dever

The End of the Bronze Age by Robert Drews

The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology’s New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts by Neil Silberman and Israel Finkelstein

Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations by Martin Goodman

The Ruling Class of Judaea: The Origins of the Jewish Revolt against Rome, A.D. 66-70 by Martin Goodman

A History of Ancient Israel and Judah, Second Edition by J. Maxwell Miller and John Haralson Hayes

From the Rivers of Babylon to the Highlands of Judah: Collected Studies on the Restoration Period by Sara Japhet

Josephus: The Complete Works translated by William Whiston; by Flavius Josephus

Jewish Babylonia between Persia and Roman Palestine/em> by Richard Kalmin

Religious and Ethnic Communities in Later Roman Palestine (Studies and Texts in Jewish History and Culture, 5) by Hayim Lapin

Judah and the Judeans in the Persian Period by Oded Lipschits

A Brief History of Ancient Israel by Victor H. Matthews

Ancient Israel’s History and Historiography: The First Temple Period (Collected Essays) Volume 3 by Nadav Na’aman

Bar Kokhba War Reconsidered: New Perspectives on the Second Jewish Revolt Against Rome (Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism, 100) by Peter Schafer

The History of the Jews in the Greco-Roman World: The Jews of Palestine from Alexander the Great to the Arab Conquest by Peter Schäfer

The Ancient Jews from Alexander to Muhammad (Key Themes in Ancient History) by Seth Schwartz

Palestine in Late Antiquity by Hagith Sivan

The Philistines and Aegean Migration at the End of the Late Bronze Age by Assaf Yasur-Landau

Diaspora Judaism in Turmoil, 116/117 CE: Ancient Sources and Modern Insights (Interdisciplinary Studies in Ancient Culture and Religion) by Miriam Pucci Ben Zeev

 

Reading List: Jewish History, Biblical through Roman Periods

Biblical Scholarship/History/Archaeology

Old Testament Parallels (New Revised and Expanded Third Edition): Laws and Stories from the Ancient Near East by Victor H. Matthews and Don C. Benjamin

From Eden to Exile: Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible by Eric Cline

Did God Have a Wife?: Archaeology and Folk Religion in Ancient Israel by William Dever

Who Were the Early Israelites and Where Did They Come From? by William Dever

The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology’s New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts by Neil Silberman and Israel Finkelstein

Who Wrote the Bible? by Richard Eliot Friedman

Bronze Age Collapse-Babylonian Exile

1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed (Turning Points in Ancient History) by Eric Cline

The End of the Bronze Age by Robert Drews

A History of Ancient Israel and Judah, Second Edition by J. Maxwell Miller and John Haralson Hayes

The Social History of Ancient Israel: An Introduction by Rainer Kessler

The Philistines and Aegean Migration at the End of the Late Bronze Age by Assaf Yasur-Landau

Ancient Israel’s History and Historiography: The First Temple Period (Collected Essays) Volume 3 by Nadav Na’aman

A Brief History of Ancient Israel by Victor H. Matthews

Babylonian Exile-Roman Period

Jews, Judaism, and the Classical World by Gedalyahu Alon

The First Jewish Revolt: Archaeology, History and Ideology by Andrea M. Berlin

The Jews in the Greek Age by Elias Bickerman

Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations by Martin Goodman

The Ruling Class of Judaea: The Origins of the Jewish Revolt against Rome, A.D. 66-70 by Martin Goodman

A History of Ancient Israel and Judah, Second Edition by J. Maxwell Miller and John Haralson Hayes

Achaemenid Imperial Administration in Syria-Palestine & the Missions of Ezra & Nehemiah (Dissertation (Paperback)) by Kenneth G. Hoglund

From the Rivers of Babylon to the Highlands of Judah: Collected Studies on the Restoration Period by Sara Japhet

The Jewish War: Revised Edition (Penguin Classics) translated by Betty Radice; by Flavius Josephus

Josephus: The Complete Works translated by William Whiston; by Flavius Josephus

Jewish Babylonia between Persia and Roman Palestine by Richard Kalmin

Centrality Practiced: Jerusalem in the Religious Practice of Yehud and the Diaspora during the Persian Period (Archaeology and Biblical Studies) by Melody D. Knowles

Religious and Ethnic Communities in Later Roman Palestine (Studies and Texts in Jewish History and Culture, 5) by Hayim Lapin

Judah and the Judeans in the Persian Period by Oded Lipschits

A Brief History of Ancient Israel by Victor H. Matthews

The History of the Jews in the Greco-Roman World: The Jews of Palestine from Alexander the Great to the Arab Conquest by Peter Schäfer

The Ancient Jews from Alexander to Muhammad (Key Themes in Ancient History) by Seth Schwartz

Understanding Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism by Lawrence H. Schiffman

Surviving Sacrilege: Cultural Persistence in Jewish Antiquity by Steven Weitzman

Diaspora Judaism in Turmoil, 116/117 CE: Ancient Sources and Modern Insights (Interdisciplinary Studies in Ancient Culture and Religion) by Miriam Pucci Ben Zeev