This blog provides links to open-access resources for the study of the Old and New Testaments as well as for the ANE, and, occasionally, for Classics. The source for the great majority of the posts is Chuck Jones's The Ancient World Online (http://ancientworldonline.blogspot.com/).
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Electronic Tools and Ancient Near East Archives (ETANA)
The civilizations of the ancient Near East produced the world's
earliest written texts — in hieroglyphs, cuneiform, and alphabets — with
which they described the first empires, recorded the first legal
codifications, preserved the first love songs, and registered the first
contracts, among states or individuals. Not surprisingly, these cultures
elicited broad curiosity among later civilizations, our own not
excepted, resulting in a flood of evaluation, scholarly or otherwise.
While the discovery of new texts always leads to new evaluation, it is
remarkable how assessments arrived at decades ago continue to be of much
value, not only because they often carry editions of original
documents, but because they contain insights minted freshly after first
exposure to major documents.
ETANA (Electronic Texts and Ancient Near Eastern Archives) has
digitized, and continues to digitize, texts selected as valuable for
teaching and research relating to ancient Near Eastern studies. We have
selected primarily editions that are outside of copyright, or with the
permission of copyright holders. While the new electronic editions we
have produced are under copyright, the ETANA project chooses to make
these freely available for noncommercial teaching and research purposes.