Biblical Archaeology Review
"A detailed and informative introduction to Mesopotamian culture. . . For those who want an authoritative guide to ancient Mesopotamia, both for its own value and as a background for the Hebrew Bible, this is an illuminating book." Internationale Zeitschriftenschau fur Bibelwissenschaft und Grenzgebiete (IZBG)
"An important book that belongs in all research collections." JSOTS
"This is a classic synthesis, embracing language, literature, politics, economics, and society, from one of the great scholars of the century, and its appearance in English should be an occasion for joy." The Bible Today
"The book is an exciting tour through the geography of the ancient world, a fascinating examination of the artifacts it left behind, and a credible reconstruction of its political and social life." The Expository Times
"Magisterial and fascinating."