Complete Idiot's Guide to the World of the Bible

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Penguin, 2003 - Religion - 310 pages
A comprehensive guide to the land, people, religions, history and archaeology of the Holy Land, including the places where biblical events took place, what is left of them today, and the various people of the bible - Israelites, Canaanites, Egyptians, Babylonians, Persians, Philistines, Moabites - and how they lived.
 

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Contents

Introducing the Bible and Its World
1
The Enduring Fascination of the Bible
3
A Book Like No Other
4
The Divine Library
5
The New Testament
6
How Did We Get the Bible?
7
Start the Presses
8
Spreading the Word to All People
9
Whos That Bad Man?
144
Wheres the Proof?
146
Foul Play
147
Hittites Persians and Greeks
149
How About Those Hittites?
150
The Hittites Rediscovered
151
The Palestinian Hittite Mystery
152
A Return to Palestine
153

Who Wrote the Good Book?
10
What Does It All Mean?
11
Finding Your Way Around the Bible
12
Name Your Source
13
Searching for Insights
15
Looking at The Word
16
Tools of the Trade
17
Coming of Age
18
Tell Me About Pots
19
The Archaeological Record
20
Layers of Time
21
Linking It Up
22
Time Terminology
23
The Same but Different
24
A Framework of Time
25
Great Expectations
26
A Matter of Debate
27
Meet the Holy Land
29
What Makes Up the Middle East
30
Lands of Ancient Greatness
31
The Lay of the Land
33
Its Dead
35
Lands to the East
36
Hows the Weather?
37
Ancient Places
38
Flora and Fauna
39
Whats What?
40
Timber
41
Down by the Water
42
Flowers
43
And a Couple More
44
Domesticated Animals
45
Assorted Mammals
46
In the Air and the Sea
47
Dont Bug Me
48
One Big Fish The Book of Jonah
49
In the Beginning
51
Let There Be Light
52
The Bible Tells Me So
53
What Mr Darwin Says
54
Some Middle Ground?
55
Apples and Oranges
56
Eve Meets Science
57
Paradise Lost
58
Mayhem and Confusion
61
Thats One Big Boat
62
The Ark
63
How Many Beasts?
64
Was There Really a Big Flood?
66
Digging for Sediments
67
Which Mountain?
68
What Did You Say? The Tower of Babel
70
Bringing Down Sodom and Gomorrah
72
Residents of the Promised Land
75
Canaanites and Their Ancestors
77
Caveman Crossroads
78
Yet Another Big Change
80
Downfall
81
Making a Comeback
82
Rebuilding
83
Meet the Canaanites
84
And Some Thanks to the Ugarites
85
Children of God The Israelites
87
Abraham of Ur
88
The Exodus
89
Pain Suffering and Deliverance
90
Coming to Conquer
91
Jericho Falls
92
The Iron Age
93
We Three Kings
95
Written in Stone
96
The Great Split
97
The Evidence Increases
98
The Coast Peoples
101
The Philistine Pentapolis
102
The Philistine Culture
103
Pretty Pots
104
Farming Philistines
105
Samson Gets Rough
106
Remaining Mysteries
107
CityStates
108
Meanwhile Back in Phoenicia
109
Whered They Go?
110
The Other Ites
111
Big Groups Little Groups
112
Leave Them Alone
113
The Moabites
114
Banned for Being Bad
116
Desert Wanderers
117
Yet More Conflict
118
They Left Their Mark
119
The Empires Nearby
121
Mesopotamia Land Between the Rivers
123
Early Civilizations in Iraq
124
The Sumerians Creative Types
126
Life in Ancient Sumer
127
From Akkad to Babylon
128
The Assyrians Bad Boys of Mesopotamia
130
The War Machine
131
Nebuchadrezzar of Biblical Fame
132
The Hanging Gardens
134
Time for a Change
135
Egypt Land of the Pharaohs
137
Egypt on the Map
138
Cultural and Historical Highlights
139
Floods Famines and Pharaohs
141
Ten Terrible Traumas
142
Natural Explanations
143
Problems in the Homeland
154
Troubles with the Greeks
155
History Fast and Furious
156
Spreading the Greek Culture
157
True to the Faith
158
The Origin of Hanukkah
159
To Each Their Turn
160
The Greatest Invention Ever
163
WedgeScript
164
Clever Decipherments
166
No Easy Task
169
Putting It Down
170
The Official Version
171
Saved from Destruction
173
Daily Life in the Holy Land
175
Worshipping the One God
177
God Communicates with Man
178
Offerings and Thanks
179
A Portable Sanctuary
180
The Ark of the Covenant
181
Traveling with the Ark
182
Making Sacrifices
183
The Temple Takes a Beating
185
A Place to Gather
186
History Repeats Itself
187
Wailing No More
188
From Cradle to Grave
191
The Mark of Circumcision
192
Marriage
193
A Roof over Ones Head
194
City Life
195
Staying Kosher
196
Why Kosher?
197
Going to Work
198
What to Wear?
199
A Measure of Wealth
200
Meet Your Maker
201
More Details?
202
An Organized Society
203
Holy Days and Festivals
204
Reliving the Past
205
A Day of Rest
206
Obeying the Rules
207
The Other 603 Plus
208
Youd Need a Million More
209
The Government of the People of God
210
Jerusalem The City of David
213
Sacred to Billions
214
One Old City
215
David Conquers a City
216
Holding the Fort
217
The Babylonians Prevail
218
The Greeks and Romans Arrive
219
Fighting for God and Glory
220
More Blood Is Shed
221
The Palestinian Question
222
The Holy Land in the Time of Jesus
225
The Romans Take Their Turn
227
A Little Geography
228
The First Republicans
229
Building the Empire
230
All Roads Led to Rome
231
Emperors for Better or for Worse
232
An Empire Falls
233
Jewish Philosophies
235
Zealots
236
Where Jesus Walked
237
The Gospel Truth
238
The Unclear Early Years
240
Miracles and Signs
242
Is This the Messiah?
243
Man or God?
244
Short Stay in the Tomb
246
Pieces of the Past
248
Some Final Comments
249
Building the Church
251
Bad Boy Turned Good
252
Sharing the Gospel
253
Jesus for Everyone?
254
The Jews Rebel
255
The Believers Multiply
256
Coming to an Agreement
257
Something for Everyone
258
The World of the Bible Today
261
Visiting the Holy Land
263
Coming Home
264
Wars and More Wars
265
The Violence Continues
266
Getting There
267
My Two Cents Worth
268
Welcome to Jordan
270
Egypts Pyramids Temples and Tombs
271
King Tuts Hometown
272
Way Down South
273
The Polite Visitor
274
Expanding Your Knowledge
275
Back to School
276
Its All Greek to You
277
What Are You Doing This Weekend?
278
On the Tube
279
The Bible Online and on Disc
280
Go Right to the Source
281
Glossary
283
Select Bibliography
289
Resources for Further Exploration
293
Index
299
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