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The Oxford History of the Biblical World
Edited by Michael D. Coogan
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Here, in one impressively illustrated volume, leading scholars offer compelling glimpses into the biblical world, the world in which prophets, poets, sages, and historians created one of our most important texts - the Bible.
For more than a century, archeologists have been unearthing the tombs, temples, texts, and artifacts of the ancient Near East and the Mediterranean world. Using new approaches, contemporary scholars have constructed a fresh synthesis of this material with the biblical tradiations. The Oxford History of the Biblical World incorporates the best of this scholarship, and in chronologically ordered chapters presents a readable and integrated study of the history, art, architecture, languages, literatures, and religion of biblical Israel and early Judaism and Christianity in their larger cultural contexts. The authors also examine such issues as the roles of women, the tensions between urban and rural settings, royal and kinship social structures, and official and popular religions of the region. Readers will find that 200 photographs, line drawings, and maps as well as an insert containing 25 color images vividly illustrate the history discussed.
Understanding the biblical world is a vital part of understanding the Bible. Broad, authoritative, and visually engaging, The Oxford History of the Biblical World will illuminate for any reader the ancient world from which the Bible emerged.
A comprehensive, fully illustrated survey of the world from which the Bible emerged. "First class. It merits the highest praise for the best one-volume work on the biblical world".
David N. Freedman, University of San Diego
Copiously-at times beautifully- illustrated and detailed with more than a score of descriptive maps, "The Oxford History of the Biblical World" rewards careful study and casual browsing. For those willing to open their minds to evidence and nuanced argument about the origins of faiths that have shaped our world, it is a worthy investment of time in the study of the timeless.
David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, September 25, 1999
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