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The Oxford History of the Biblical World
Edited by Michael D. Coogan

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Format: Hardcover, 643pp.
ISBN: 0195087070
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Pub. Date: November 1998

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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

Table of Contents

In the Beginning : The Earliest History

Chapter One
Before Israel: Syria - Palestine in the Bronze Age

Chapter Two
Bitter Lives: Israel in and out of Egypt

Chapter Three
Forgoing an Identity: The Emergence of Ancient Israel

Chapter Four
"There Was No King in Israel": The Era of the Judges

Chapter Five
Kinship and Kingship: The Early Monarchy

Chapter Six
A Land Divided: Judah and Israel fromt the Death of Solomon to the Fall of Samaria

Chapter Seven
Into Exile: From the Assyrian Conquest of Israel to the Fall of Babylon

Chapter Eight
Israel among the Nations: The Persian Period

Chapter Nine
Between Alexandria and Antioch: Jews and Judaism inthe Hellenistic Period

Chapter Ten
Visions of Kingdoms: From Pompey to the First Jewish Revolt

Chapter Eleven
Churches in Context: The Jesus Movement in the Roman World

Transitions and Trajectories: Jews and Christians in the Roman Empire

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