Equips Students with Essential Tools to Quickly Grasp Akkadian and Move into Translation
Basics of Akkadian: A Complete Grammar, Workbook, and Lexicon, by Gordon P. Hugenberger with Nancy L. Erickson, is a one-semester introductory textbook to the Akkadian language. The grammar provides students with essential tools in order to quickly grasp the Akkadian language and move into translation. Designed around the Laws of Hammurabi, each chapter includes:
- Explanation of grammatical points
- Signs that need to be learned
Short contributions that highlight the unique significance of learning Akkadian for the studies of the Hebrew Bible are also included throughout the grammar. By the end of the grammar, students will have:
- Read through a sixth of the Laws of Hammurabi
- Learned how to read Neo-Assyrian script
- Transliterate that script, normalize the transcription, and translate
Robust appendices at the back of the book include major paradigms, a list of cuneiform signs, an alphabetical list of V, CV and VC cuneiform signs, and a complete Akkadian glossary. Basics of Akkadian is designed for classroom use as well as the independent learner. Students will acquire all the necessary tools to either pursue additional studies of the Akkadian language or to utilize the information gained for better understanding the cognitive environment of the biblical world and to engage thoughtfully and carefully with Akkadian literature.
About the Authors
Gordon P. Hugenberger (PhD, College of St. Paul & St. Mary, Cheltenham [University of Gloucestershire]) has served as a part-time professor of Old Testament for over twenty-fives years at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (S. Hamilton, MA). He also served as senior minister for twenty years at the historic Park Street Church in downtown Boston until his retirement in 2017. He has taught Akkadian at Gordon-Conwell for many years. He is author of Marriage as a Covenant: A Study of Biblical Law and Ethics Governing Marriage, Developed from the Perspective of Malachi, Supplements to Vetus Testamentum 52 (Leiden: Brill, 1994 [reprinted in paperback as Marriage as a Covenant. Biblical Law and Ethics as Developed from Malachi; Biblical Studies Library Series [Baker, 1998; reprinted by Wipf & Stock, 2013])
Nancy Erickson (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is senior editor of biblical languages and textbooks at Zondervan.