About the Journal

Avar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Life and Society in the Ancient Near East is a bi-annual Open Access journal dedicated to publishing peer-reviewed scholarship on Anatolia, Egypt, the Levant, and Mesopotamia from the third through first millennia BCE that crosses and disrupts disciplinary boundaries. 

Submissions should explicitly seek to adopt, adapt, or integrate theories and methodologies from within the traditional fields of ancient studies (i.e. archaeology, Assyriology, biblical studies, Egyptology, Hittitology, etc.), as well as from socio-anthropological and scientific disciplines. 

Avar is an Open Access publication, allowing users to freely access, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to full-text articles for any lawful purpose without requiring permission from the publisher or author. 

Avar accepts traditional length articles and short notes in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

ISSN: 2752-3527 (Print) ISSN: 2752-3535 (Online) | Avar is published twice a year in January and July.

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Current Issue

Vol. 2 No. 2 (2023)
AVAR journal cover

Special Issue Topic: Knowledge Construction and the Ancient Near East

Guest Editor: Zachary Rubin

Published: 2023-12-28

Special Issue Articles

  • From Šulgi to Abraham: Encounters with Ur in the First Millennium BCE

    Zachary Rubin
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.33182/aijls.v2i2.2837
  • World Philology or Philology of the World: Commenting on Enuma Elish

    Sophus Helle
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.33182/aijls.v2i2.2833
  • The Decline and Fall of the Assyrian Court Scholar: A Social Network-Based Examination

    Christopher W. Jones
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.33182/aijls.v2i2.2839
  • Building Digital Projects to Outlive Their Funding

    Christian Casey
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.33182/aijls.v2i2.2835
  • Visualizing Pentateuchal Composition: A New View of the Creation of Ancient Hebrew Literature

    Seth L. Sanders, Walker Rhea, Kay White
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.33182/aijls.v2i2.2842
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