London; British Museum, 1966. Item #30614
Illustrated wraps. 8vo. 91 pages. 25 cm. First edition. Handwritten dedication from the author on endpage. Includes 53 plates depicting tablets, pots, swords, coffins, reliefs, and other ancient works which are brought into perspective to illuminate certain facets of the narratives in the old testament. Richard David Barnett (1909–1986) , “like his father, made his career at the British Museum. Born in London, he began in 1932 as assistant keeper in the department of Egyptian and Assyrian antiquities and in 1955 was appointed head of the newly established department of Western Asiatic antiquities. From 1933 to 1935 he was secretary of the British School in Athens. Richard Barnett's research extended to Assyriology, the cultures of Syria, Phoenicia, and Asia Minor as well as biblical archaeology. In 1956 he organized the special exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London commemorating the tercentenary of the resettlement of Jews in the British Isles, and his catalog of the exhibition was one of his most distinguished publications. He was president of the Jewish Historical Society of England (1959–61) and contributed several important papers on the history of the Sephardim in England to its transactions. His publications include: Carchemish: Report on the Excavations at Djerabis (vol. 3 (with Sir L. Woolley, 1952) ) ; Catalogue of the Nimrod Ivories in the British Museum (1957) ; Assyrian Palace Reliefs and Their Influence on the Sculptures of Babylonia and Persia (1960) ; The Sculptures of Aššur-nasir apli II… (1962) ; and Illustrations of Old Testament History (1966) . After his death the Jewish Historical Society of England established an annual lectureship in his honor. ” (EJ 2008) . Subjects: Bible. O. T. - Antiquities. Light wear to covers, otherwise clean. Very good condition. (ART-20-2).