Reblogged! Tools of the Trade

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ANE — The Ancient Near East Blog

  • “Tools of the Trade” is a collection of basic tools for the ANE scholar.
  • I collect them all in this one place so as to have them ready-to-hand (as Heidegger would have it). I hope other students will find use for them.
  • Keeping my tools sharpened is (one of) my way(s) to avoid or overcome writer’s block – that dull feeling in the head, that leaden feeling in the brain. Go back to the sources – learn some more cuneiform signs, study new vocabulary, make some grammar exercises, read a text real close – your basic mental warming up. Studying a sweet hard piece of grammar usually makes the head crystal-clear, shining & sparkling new.
  • “Tools of the Trade” includes online dictionaries of Sumerian, Akkadian and Hebrew; A list ofJournals, Periodicals, Major Reference Works, and Series; ecstatic rantings about the SBL Handbook of Style and all matters…

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