The Oxford History of the Biblical World
Michael David Coogan, Michael D. Coogan
Oxford University Press, 2001 - Religion - 487 pages
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.
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Coogan (religious studies, Stonehill Coll.) has assembled a dozen scholars with impressive credentials in ancient Near Eastern studies to assist him in creating this work of immense scope. These ... Read full review
In the Beginning The Earliest History
Before Israel SyriaPalestine in the Bronze Age
Bitter Lives Israel in and out of Egypt
Forging an Identity The Emergence of Ancient Israel
There Was No King in Israel The Era of the Judges
Kinship and Kingship The Early Monarchy
A Land Divided Judah and Israel from the Death of Solomon to the Fall of Samaria
Into Exile From the Assyrian Conquest of Israel to the Fall of Babylon
Between Alexandria and Antioch Jews and Judaism in the Hellenistic Period
Visions of Kingdoms From Pompey to the First Jewish Revolt
Churches in Context The Jesus Movement in the Roman World
Transitions and Trajectories Jews and Christians in the Roman Empire
Israel among the Nations The Persian Period
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