The Oxford History of the Biblical World

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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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Contents

In the Beginning The Earliest History
3
Before Israel SyriaPalestine in the Bronze Age
25
Bitter Lives Israel in and out of Egypt
58
Forging an Identity The Emergence of Ancient Israel
90
There Was No King in Israel The Era of the Judges
132
Kinship and Kingship The Early Monarchy
65
A Land Divided Judah and Israel from the Death of Solomon to the Fall of Samaria
6
Into Exile From the Assyrian Conquest of Israel to the Fall of Babylon
42
Between Alexandria and Antioch Jews and Judaism in the Hellenistic Period
17
Visions of Kingdoms From Pompey to the First Jewish Revolt
52
Churches in Context The Jesus Movement in the Roman World
88
Transitions and Trajectories Jews and Christians in the Roman Empire
120
CHRONOLOGY
147
GENERAL BIBLIOGRAPHY
153
CONTRIBUTORS
156
INDEX
159

Israel among the Nations The Persian Period
76

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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.

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