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The Oxford History of the Biblical World

Michael A. Coogan


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PUBLISHED: 31st March 2001
ISBN: 9780195139372
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The best of archeological and biblical traditions are brought together in chronological chapters to present a clear and integrated study of the history, art, architecture, languages, literature, and religions of biblical Israel and early Judaism and Christianity in their larger cultural contexts.
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  • Paperback
    $39.69
PUBLISHED: 31st March 2001
ISBN: 9780195139372
ANNOTATION:
The best of archeological and biblical traditions are brought together in chronological chapters to present a clear and integrated study of the history, art, architecture, languages, literature, and religions of biblical Israel and early Judaism and Christianity in their larger cultural contexts.

Annotation

The best of archeological and biblical traditions are brought together in chronological chapters to present a clear and integrated study of the history, art, architecture, languages, literature, and religions of biblical Israel and early Judaism and Christianity in their larger cultural contexts.

Publisher Description

In this impressive 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, archaeologists have been unearthing the tombs, temples, texts, and artifacts of the ancient Near East and the Mediterranean world. Using new approaches, contemporary scholars have begun to synthesize this material with the biblical traditions. The Oxford History of the Biblical World incorporates the best of this scholarship, and in chronologically ordered chapters presents the reader with 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. Understanding the biblical world is a vital part of understanding the Bible. Broad, authoritative, and engaging, The Oxford History of the Biblical World will illuminate for any reader the ancient world from which the Bible emerged.

Author Biography

Michael D. Coogan, editor of the New Oxford Annotated Bible, 3rd ed. and co-editor of the Oxford Companion to the Bible, is currently director of publications for the Harvard Semitic Museum and Professor of Religious Studies at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

List of Maps Preface Michael D. Coogan: Prologue: In the Beginning: The Earliest History 1: Wayne T. Pitard: Before Israel: Syria-Palestine in the Bronze Age 2: Carol A. Redmount: Bitter Lives: Israel in and out of Egypt 3: Lawrence E. Stager: Forging an Identity: The Emergence of Ancient Israel 4: Jo Ann Hackett: "There Was No King in Israel": The Era of the Judges 5: Carol Meyers: Kinship and Kingship: The Early Monarchy 6: Edward F. Campbell Jr.: A Land Divided: Judah and Israel from the Death of Solomon to the Fall of Samaria 7: Mordechai Cogan: Into Exile: From the Assyrian Conquest of Israel to the Fall of Babylon 8: Mary Joan Winn Leith: Israel among the Nations: The Persian Period 9: Leonard J. Greenspoon: Between Alexandria and Antioch: Jews and Judaism in the Hellenistic Period 10: Amy-Jill Levine: Visions of Kingdoms: From Pompey to the First Jewish Revolt 11: Daniel N. Schowalter: Churches in Context: The Jesus Movement in the Roman World Barbara Geller: Epilogue: Transitions and Trajectories: Jews and Christians in the Roman Empire

Review

this work is one of solid scholarship. It is informative and very suitable for student use and for the general reader. James Barr, Times Literary Supplement This is a significant contribution to the field, and will be very helpful to students of biblical studies, and for others who seek an up-to-date and comprehensive "history of the biblical world". Joseph Sobb, Journal of Religious History

Kirkus UK Review

In the tradition of Oxford Histories, this well-illustrated and authoritative volume brings together a series of expert scholars to discuss key aspects of a topic. This is an American production and all bar one of the 13 contributors teach in the United States. Here they provide personal but learned and reliable guides to the history, art, architecture, languages and literatures of the Holy Land in the centuries surrounding the birth of Christ. Collectively they evoke that world vividly and make accessible the latest research into the life and religion of early Judaism and Christianity, providing the cultural context for the most important of all our books: the Bible. (Kirkus UK)

Long Description

In this impressive 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, archaeologists have been unearthing the tombs, temples, texts, and artifacts of the ancient Near East and the Mediterranean world. Using new approaches, contemporary scholars have begun to synthesize this material with the biblical traditions. The Oxford History of the Biblical World incorporates the best of this scholarship, and in chronologically ordered chapters presents the reader with 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. Understanding the biblical world is a vital part of understanding the Bible. Broad, authoritative, and engaging, The Oxford History of the Biblical World will illuminate for any reader the ancient world from which the Bible emerged.

Review Text

"The Oxford History of the Biblical World rewards careful study and casual browsing. For those willing to open their minds to the 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, L.A. Times (on the hardcover edition) "A judicious and well-illustrated survey of the entire scope of Biblical history."--The Providence Sunday Journal "The Oxford History of the Biblical World rewards careful study and casual browsing. For those willing to open their minds to the 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, L.A. Times (on the hardcover edition) "A judicious and well-illustrated survey of the entire scope of Biblical history."--The Providence Sunday Journal

Review Quote

'this work is one of solid scholarship. It is informative and very suitable for student use and for the general reader.'James Barr, Times Literary Supplement

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List of Maps Preface Michael D. Coogan: Prologue: In the Beginning: The Earliest History 1. Wayne T. Pitard: Before Israel: Syria-Palestine in the Bronze Age 2. Carol A. Redmount: Bitter Lives: Israel in and out of Egypt 3. Lawrence E. Stager: Forging an Identity: The Emergence of Ancient Israel 4. Jo Ann Hackett: "There Was No King in Israel": The Era of the Judges 5. Carol Meyers: Kinship and Kingship: The Early Monarchy 6. Edward F. Campbell Jr.: A Land Divided: Judah and Israel from the Death of Solomon to the Fall of Samaria 7. Mordechai Cogan: Into Exile: From the Assyrian Conquest of Israel to the Fall of Babylon 8. Mary Joan Winn Leith: Israel among the Nations: The Persian Period 9. Leonard J. Greenspoon: Between Alexandria and Antioch: Jews and Judaism in the Hellenistic Period 10. Amy-Jill Levine: Visions of Kingdoms: From Pompey to the First Jewish Revolt 11. Daniel N. Schowalter: Churches in Context: The Jesus Movement in the Roman World Barbara Geller: Epilogue: Transitions and Trajectories: Jews and Christians in the Roman Empire

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"A worthy investment of time in the study of the timeless."--David Lauter, L.A. Times

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Product Details

Short Title
OXFORD HIST OF THE BIBLICAL WO
Language
English
ISBN-10
0195139372
ISBN-13
9780195139372
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Illustrations
Yes
Year
2001
Publication Date
2001-03-31
Pages
508
Audience
General/Trade
Author
Michael A. Coogan
Edition Description
Revised
Publisher
Oxford University Press, USA
Country of Publication
United States
Edited by
Coogan, Michael D.