I just finished Christopher A. Rollston’s Writing and Literacy in the World of Ancient Israel (Atlanta, Ga.: Society of Biblical Literature, 2010), and I highly recommend it. I’m not going to review it since I wouldn’t have much expertise to bring to it, but I found the book incredibly informative, very well written, and engaging despite the potential for very dry technical jargon. I think it’s also a great supplement to other books on literacy in ancient Israel, like those by Carr, van der Toorn, and Schniedewind. If you’re interested in delving into Northwest Semitic epigraphy, or just want to have the basics covered, this is the first book you should read.
December 28, 2010