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Dr. Uri Gabbay

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Last updated: 7 January, 2017

DOCTORAL DISSERTATION


  1. Gabbay, U., The Sumero-Akkadian Prayer ‘Ersema’: A Philological and Religious Analysis (Supervisors: Dr. Nathan Wasserman, Prof. Dr. Stefan Maul, Heidelberg), summa cum laude, submitted: September 2007, Ph.D. approved: January 2008 (586 pages + 27 plates). Hebrew University Jerusalem.

BOOKS:


  1. Gabbay, U. Pacifying the Hearts of the Gods: Sumerian Emesal Prayers of the First Millennium BC (Heidelberger Emesal-Studien 1). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2014

  2. Gabbay, U. The Ersema Prayers of the First Millennium B (Heidelberger Emesal-Studien 2). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2015

  3. Gabbay, U. The Exegetical Terminology of Akkadian Commentaries, Culture and History of the Ancient Near East 82, Leiden: Brill, 2016

BOOKS EDITED:


  1. Horowitz, W., U. Gabbay and F. Vukosavovic (eds.). A Woman of Valor: Jerusalem Ancient Near Eastern Studies in Honor of Joan Goodnick Westenholz (Biblioteca del Próximo Oriente Antiguo 8), Madrid: CSIC 2010. 216 pages.

  2. Gabbay, U. and Sh. Secunda (eds.). Encounters by the Rivers of Babylon: Scholarly Conversations between Jews, Iranians, and Babylonians in Antiquity (forthcoming). Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck (accepted for publication; publication expected by the end of 2014).

CHAPTERS IN COLLECTIONS:


  1. Gabbay, U. The Akkadian Word for Third Gender: The kalû (gala) Once Again, in: R.D. Biggs, J. Myers and M.T. Roth (eds.), Proceeding of the 51st Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale (Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization 62), Chicago: Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago 2008, pp. 49-56

  2. Gabbay, U. Deciphering Cuneiform Texts through Modern and Ancient Conceptions of Literal Meaning, in: O.-T. Venard (ed.), Le sens littéral des Écritures, Paris: Éditions du Cerf 2009, pp. 161-169.

  3. Gabbay, U. The Ancient Mesopotamian Sistrum and Its References in Cuneiform Literature: The Identification of the sem and the meze, in: I.L Finkel and R. Dumbrill (eds.), ICONEA 2008: Proceeding of the International Conference of Near Eastern Archaeomusicology, London: ICONEA Publications 2010, pp. 23-28

  4. Gabbay, U. The King of the Demons: Pazuzu, Bagdana and Asmedai, in: W. Horowitz, U. Gabbay and F. Vukosavovic (eds.), A Woman of Valor: Jerusalem Ancient Near Eastern Studies in Honor of Joan Goodnick Westenholz (Biblioteca del Próximo Oriente Antiguo 8), Madrid: CSIC 2010, pp. 57-72

  5. Gabbay, U. Laments in Garsana, in D.I. Owen (ed.), Garsana Studies (Cornell University Studies in Assyriology and Sumerology 6), Bethesda: CDL Press 2011, pp. 67-74.

  6. Gabbay, U. The Performance of Emesal Prayers within the Regular Temple Cult of Ancient Mesopotamia: Content and Ritual Setting, in: K. Kaniuth et al. (eds.), Tempel im Alten Orient (Colloquien der Deutschen Orient Gesellschaft 7), Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz 2013, pp. 103-121

  7. Abraham, K. and U. Gabbay, Expenditures by the gu-za-lá Official at Maskan-sapir from the Time of Rim-Sin of Larsa, in T. Boiy et al. (eds.), The Ancient Near East, A Life! Festschrift Karel Van Lergerghe (Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 220), Leuven: Peeters 2012, pp. 1-36

  8. Gabbay, U. “We Are Going to the House in Prayer”: Theology, Cultic Topography, and Cosmology in the Emesal Prayers of Ancient Mesopotamia, in D. Ragavan (ed.), Heaven on Earth: Temples, Rituals, and Cosmic Symbolism in the Ancient World (Oriental Institute Seminars 9), Chicago: The Oríental Institute of the University of Chicago 2013, pp. 223-243

  9. Sigrist, M. and U. Gabbay, Eighteen Cuneiform Inscriptions from the Ur III and Old-Babylonian Periods, in Z. Csabai (ed.), Studies in Economic and Social History of the Ancient Near East in Memory of Péter Vargyas (Ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean Studies 2), Budapest: Department of Ancient History, University of Pécs 2014, pp. 283-315

  10. Gabbay, U. Actual Sense and Scriptural Intention: Literal Meaning and Its Terminology in Akkadian and Hebrew Commentaries, in: U. Gabbay and Sh. Secunda (eds.), Encounters by the Rivers of Babylon: Scholarly Conversations between Jews, Iranians, and Babylonians in Antiquity, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2014, pp. 335-370

  11. Gabbay, U. and M. Sigrist, Texts Nos. 182-83: Ur III Tablets, in I. Spar (ed.), Cuneiform Texts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art IV, New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art 2014, pp. 332-335.

  12. Gabbay, U. Ancient Mesopotamian Cultic Whispering into the Ears, in S. Yona et al. (eds.), Marbeh Hokmah: Studies in the Bible and the Ancient Near East in Loving Memory of Victor Avigdor Hurowitz, Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns 2015, pp. 185-220.

  13. Gabbay, U. Harmonization as a Hermeneutic Concern in Babylonian Commentaries, in A. Lange and G. Selz (eds.), Hermeneutics in the Ancient World (forthcoming).

  14. Gabbay, U. Levels of Meaning and Textual Polysemy in Akkadian and Hebrew Exegetical Texts, in M. Popovic (ed.), Jewish Cultural Encounters in the Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern World (Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism), Leiden: Brill, pp. 76-95 (in print).

  15. Gabbay, U. and E. Jiménez. Cultural Imports and Local Products in the Commentaries from Uruk: The case of the Gimil-Sîn family, in C. Proust and J. Steele (eds.), Scholars and Scholarship in Late Babylonian Uruk (forthcoming).

  16. Gabbay, U. The Relationship between Official Religion and the Religion of the General Population in Mesopotamian, Especially in the First Millennium BCE, in T.L. Holm (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Religions in the Ancient Near East (forthcoming).

  17. Gabbay, U. Ancient Mesopotamian Gods: Mythology, Cult, and Scripture, in A. Tsuneki et al (eds.), Ancient West Asian Civilization: Geoenvironment and Society in the Pre-Islamic Middle East, New York: Springer 2017, pp. 165-176.

  18. Gabbay, U. Drums and Dead Gods: Music, Cult and Myth in Ancient Mesopotamia, in M. Cogan (ed.), Jacob Klein Anniversary Volume, Jerusalem: Israel Academy of Sciences (in Hebrew; forthcoming).

  19. Gabbay, U. Hermeneutics and Magic in the Commentary to Marduk’s Address to the Demons, in NN Anniversary Volume (forthcoming).

  20. M. Sigrist, U. Gabbay and M. Avila, “Cuneiform Tablets and Other Inscribed Objects from Collections in Jerusalem,” in L. Feliu et al (eds.), The First Ninety Years: A Sumerian Celebration in Honor of Miguel Civil, Berlin: De Gruyter 2016, pp. 304-329 (in print).

ARTICLES:


  1. Gabbay, U. 2001. A Collection of Pazuzu Objects in Jerusalem. Revue d’Assyriologie 95/2, pp. 149-154.

  2. Gabbay, U. 2003. Dance in Textual Sources from Ancient Mesopotamia. Near Eastern Archaeology 66/3, pp. 103-104.

  3. Gabbay, U. 2004. Wiping Away Tears in Akkadian Literature: dĩmta hatãpu and the Semitic Roots htp/htp. Ugarit-Forschungen 36, pp.177-184.

  4. Gabbay, U. 2005. Three Emesal Compositions Mentioned in Rituals. Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires 2005, no. 65, pp. 70-71.

  5. Wasserman, N. and U. Gabbay. 2005. Literatures in Contact: The Balag Úru àm-ma-ir-ra-bi and Its Akkadian Translation UET 6/2, 403. Journal of Cuneiform Studies 57, pp. 69-84.

  6. Gabbay, U. 2006. A Translation of a Sumerian Motif in the Babylonian Theodicy. Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires 2006, no. 80, p. 81.

  7. Gabbay, U. 2006. Emesal Passages Cited in Commentaries. Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires 2006, no. 81, pp. 81-82.

  8. Gabbay, U. 2007. A Neo-Babylonian Catalogue of Balag-Tablets in the Oriental Institute of Chicago. Zeitschrift für Assyriologie 97, pp. 86-97.

  9. Gabbay, U. 2007. The Second Tablet of the Balag a úru-gu10 im-me. Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires 2007, no. 36, p. 37.

  10. Gabbay, U. 2008. The Akkadian Verb akãsu. Die Welt des Orients 38, pp. 146-150.

  11. Gabbay, U. 2009. Some Notes on an Izbu Commentary. Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires 2009, no. 53, pp. 69-71.

  12. Gabbay, U. 2010. The Assyrian Dream Book and Sumerian Proverbs. Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires 2010, no. 30, pp. 37-38.

  13. Gabbay, U. and S. Mirelman 2011. Two Summary Tablets of Balag Compositions with Performative Indications from Late-Babylonian Ur. Zeitschrift für Assyriologie 101, pp. 274-293.

  14. Gabbay, U. 2011. Lamentful Proverbs or Proverbial Laments: Intertextual Connections between Sumerian Proverbs and Emesal Laments. Journal of Cuneiform Studies 63, pp. 51-63.

  15. Gabbay, U. 2011. A Fragment of A Sumerian Lament: BM 65463. Tablet XI of the Balag Úru àm-ma-ir-ra-bi. Iraq 73, pp. 161-168.

  16. Gabbay, U. 2014. The Balag Instrument and its Role in the Cult of Ancient Mesopotamia, in: J. Goodnick-Westenholz, Y. Maurey and E. Seroussi (eds.), Music in Antiquity: The Near East and the Mediterranean, Yuval – Studies of the Jewish Music Research Centre 8, pp. 129-147

  17. Gabbay, U. 2012. Akkadian Commentaries from Ancient Mesopotamia and Their Relation to Early Hebrew Exegesis. Dead Sea Discoveries 19/3, pp. 267-312

  18. Gabbay, U. and C. Wilcke. 2012. The bilingual Gudea inscription CUSAS 17, 22: New readings and interpretations. Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires 2012, no. 71, pp. 98-99

  19. Gabbay, U., M. Sigrist and R. Hobson (with an appendix by A. Winitzer). 2013. Bricks with Cuneiform Inscriptions, Probably from Tell al-Wilaya. Akkadica 134, pp. 77-82

  20. Abraham, K. and U. Gabbay. 2013. Kastiliasu and the Sumundar Canal: A New Middle Babylonian Royal Inscription. Zeitschrift f ür Assyriologie 103/2, pp. 183-195

  21. Gabbay, U. 2014. Hebrew sôm sekel (Neh. 8:8) in Light of Aramaic and Akkadian. Journal of Semitic Studies 59/1, pp. 47-51

  22. Gabbay, U. 2014. The kalû priest and kalûtu Literature in Assyria. Orient 49, pp. 115-144

  23. Gabbay, U. 2014. A Balag to Enlil from the First Sealand Dynasty. Zeitschrift f ür Assyriologie 104/2, pp. 146-170

  24. Gabbay, U. 2015. Specification as a Hermeneutical Technique in Babylonian and Assyrian Commentaries. Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel 4/3, pp. 344-368

  25. Gabbay, U. 2016. “The Sumerian Cultic Laments: History, Remembrance and Theology”. Shnaton: An Annual for Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies 24, pp. 131-149 (in Hebrew)

  26. Gabbay, U. and S. Mirelman. Text and Performance: Tayyartu, “Repetition,” in a Mïs Pî-type incantation and an Emesal prayer. Zeitschrift für Assyriologie (forthcoming; accepted for publication)

  27. Gabbay, U. “Veiled, she circles the city”: A Late Babylonian variation on an Ersema to Inana (VAT 7826). Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Studies (forthcoming; accepted for publication)

OTHER PUBLICATIONS:


  1. Gabbay, U. and T. Weiss, The Babylonian Mythology (“Myth” series), Tel Aviv: Mappa Publishers (2003) (in Hebrew)

  2. Gabbay, U. Review of: M.J.H. Linssen, The Cults of Uruk and Babylon: The Temple Ritual Texts as Evidence for Hellenistic Cult Practices, Cuneiform Monographs 25, Leiden-Boston 2004. Orientalia 77 (2008), pp. 424-427

  3. Gabbay, U. Dance. I. Ancient Near East, in: Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, vol. 6 (2012). Berlin-New York: De Gruyter, pp. 63-65

  4. Gabbay, U. Review of: R. Hobson, Transforming Literature into Scripture: Texts as Cult Objects at Nineveh and Qumran, Bible World, Sheffield 2012, Palestine Exploration Quarterly 146/2 (2014), pp. 166-167

  5. Gabbay, U., Finkel, I., and Jiménez, E. Commentary on Ritual Text (CCP no. 7.2.u103), Cuneiform Commentaries Project (2015) (http://ccp.yale.edu/P469985; accessed July 29, 2015)

  6. Jiménez, E. and U. Gabbay. Commentary on Uncertain (ritual/qualifications of the diviner) (CCP no. 7.2.u32), Cuneiform Commentaries Project (2015) (http://ccp.yale.edu/P461175; accessed October 16, 2015)

  7. Gabbay, U. Commentary on Therapeutic (én munus ù-tu-ud-da-a-ni) (CCP no. 4.2.A.b), Cuneiform Commentaries Project (2015) (http://ccp.yale.edu/P346934; accessed October 16, 2015)

  8. Gabbay, U. What Do We Know About the Music of Early Mesopotamia Mesopotamia?, Bible Lands E-Review Lectures (2015/L2) (https://biblelandsreview.wordpress.com/bible-lands-lectures/; accessed July 2015) (in Hebrew)

  9. Gabbay, U. Music in Ancient Mesopotamia, The Ancient Near East Today, Vol. III, no. 10 (October 2015) (ASOR Blog: http://asorblog.org/2015/10/07/music-in-ancient-mesopotamia/; accessed October 16, 2015)

  10. Gabbay, U. Review of: M. Jaques, Mon dieu qu’ai-je fait? Les digir-sà-dab(5)-ba et la piété privée en Mésopotamie. Avec une contribution de Daniel Schwemer, Fribourg and Göttingen 2015. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 79 (2016), pp. 402-404

  11. Gabbay, U. Akkadian Commentaries and Early Hebrew Exegesis, Cuneiform Commentaries Project (2016) (http://ccp.yale.edu/introduction/akkadian-hebrew-exegesis; accessed July 2016)

  12. Gabbay, U. Review of: W.G. Lambert, Babylonian Oracle Questions, Winona Lake 2007. Archiv für Orientforschung 53 (2015), pp. 250-253

CONFERENCES:


  1. July 2005: Gabbay, U. “The Akkadian Word for Hermaphrodite: The kalû (gala) Once Again.” 51e Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale. Chicago.

  2. February 2006: Gabbay, U. “The Akkadian Translations to Sumerian Prayers: Philology or Theology?” 9th Meeting of the Israeli Society for Assyriology. Haifa University (in Hebrew).

  3. November 2007: Gabbay, U. “Deciphering Cuneiform Texts through the Ancient Conceptions of Literal Meaning.” Le sens littéral. Colloque de l'école biblique de Jérusalem (invited lecture).

  4. January 2008: Gabbay, U. “The BalaG Instrument and its Role in the Cult of Ancient Mesopotamia.” Sounds from the Past: Music in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean Worlds. Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem.

  5. May 2008: Gabbay, U. “The Identification of the Musical Instruments Accompanying Emesal Prayers and Their Role in the Cult of Ancient Mesopotamia.” Seminar für Sprachen und Kulturen des Vorderen Orients/ Assyriologie, Heidelberg University (invited lecture).

  6. December 2008: Gabbay, U. “The Ancient Mesopotamian Sistrum and Its References in Cuneiform Literature: The Identification of the sem and the meze.” 1st International Conference of Near Eastern Archaeomusicology. British Museum.

  7. February 2009: Abraham, K. and U. Gabbay. “An Early Kassite Royal Inscription.” 12th Meeting of the Israeli Society for Assyriology. Tel-Aviv University (in Hebrew).

  8. June 2009: Gabbay, U. “‘Oh, Our Destroyed City!’: Lamentations over the Destruction of Cities in Ancient Mesopotamia.” The Concept of Urban Change Research Group: Conference: Cities in Change – Decay, Destruction and Rebirth. The Institute for Advanced Studies. Hebrew University, Jerusalem (invited lecture).

  9. October 2009: Gabbay, U. “The Performance of Emesal Prayers within the Regular Temple Cult of Ancient Mesopotamia: Content and Ritual Setting.” Tempel im Alten Orient. 7th International Colloquium of the Deutsche Orient-Gesellschaft. Munich University (invited lecture).

  10. January 2011: Gabbay, U. “‘Alas, That Day!’ Historical and Ahistorical Aspects of Sumerian Emesal Prayers.” 14th Meeting of the Israeli Society for Assyriology. Haifa University (in Hebrew) (invited lecture).

  11. May 2011: Gabbay, U. “An Akkadian Midrash? Babylonian Commentaries and Rabbinic Exegetical Terms.” Encounters by the Rivers of Babylon: Scholarly Conversations between Jews, Iranians and Babylonians in Antiquity. Scholion Center, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

  12. February 2012: Gabbay, U. “‘We are Going to the House in Prayer’: The Theological Significance of Emesal Prayers in Mesopotamian Temples.” 15th Meeting of the Israeli Society for Assyriology. Beer-Sheva University.

  13. March 2012: Gabbay, U. “‘We are Going to the House in Prayer’: The Cultic Topographical Context of the Emesal Prayers.” Temple Topography, Ritual Practice and Cosmic Symbolism in the Ancient World. Conference at the Oriental Institute, Chicago (invited lecture).

  14. November 2012: Gabbay, U. “Descriptions of Destruction in the Sumerian Cultic Lamentations: History or Theology?” The Past in the Eyes of the Present: Historical Memory in Ancient Egypt, Hatti and the Ancient Near East. Tel-Aviv University (in Hebrew) (invited lecture).

  15. December 2013: Gabbay, U. “Exegetical Encounters by the Rivers of Babylon: Literal and Non-Literal Exegesis in Akkadian Commentaries and in Early Midrash.” Jewish Cultural Encounters in the Mediterranean and Ancient Near Eastern World. Third Qumran Institute Symposium. Groningen University (invited lecture).

  16. March 2014: Gabbay, U. “Towards Canonization: New Evidence for the Transmission of Emesal Prayers between the Old Babylonian Period and the First Millennium BCE.” Emesal-Colloquium in Honor of Prof. Manfred Schretter, University of Innsbruck (invited lecture).

  17. June 2014: Gabbay, U. “Drums and Dead Gods: Music, Cult and Myth in Ancient Mesopotamia.” Evening in Honor of the 80th Birthday of Prof. Jacob Klein. Israel Academy of Sciences, Jerusalem (in Hebrew) (invited lecture).

  18. June 2014: Gabbay, U. “From Temple to Temple: The Transmission and Dissemination of Emesal Prayers.” Transmission, Translation, and Reception – Three Thousand Years of Textual Production and Dissemination in the Ancient Near East. Tel Aviv University (invited lecture).

  19. June 2014: Gabbay, U. “Ancient Mesopotamian Religion: Mythology, Cult, and Scripture.” Facilitating the Study of West Asian Civilization: What does ancient West Asia tell us? Symposium: Research Center for West Asian Civilization, Tsukuba University, and Ancient Orient Museum, Tokyo. Ikebukuro, Tokyo (invited lecture).

  20. July 2014: Avila, M., U. Gabbay, M. Sigrist, “The Darker Side of Nintur.” 60th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale. Warsaw (not attended; read by M. Avila).

  21. October 2014: Gabbay, U. “The Mesopotamian ‘Holy Drum’ in Ritual, Myth, and Exegesis: A Portrait of a Divine Musical Belief System.” Mesopotamian Belief Systems: A symposium dedicated to the exploration of a field delineated by Gebhard J. Selz. University of Vienna (invited lecture).

  22. January 2015: Gabbay, U. “Hermeneutics and Exegetical Terminology in Akkadian Commentaries and Early Midrash.” Fifth Dahlem Seminar on the History of Science in Antiquity: Commentaries on ancient sciences. Topoi Excellence Cluster, Freie Universität, Berlin (invited lecture).

  23. May 2015: Gabbay, U. “Narrating a Divine Murder in Cult: A New Look at the lilissu Ritual.” Ritual and Narrative: Texts in Performance in the Ancient Near East. Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York (invited lecture).

  24. July 2016: Gabbay U. “The Balag Prayers to the God Enki: Text, Transmission, and Theology.” 62nd Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.