A Cultural Handbook to the Bible

A Cultural Handbook to the Bible


By (author) John J. Pilch

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  • Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 25mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 30 November 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Grand Rapids
  • ISBN 10: 0802867200
  • ISBN 13: 9780802867209
  • Sales rank: 290,698

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In short, accessible chapters Pilch discusses 63 topics related to the cosmos, the earth, people, family, language, human consciousness, God and the spirit world and entertainment. Pilch's fresh interpretations of the Bible challenge traditional views and explore topics often overlooked in commentaries.

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John H. Elliott-- University of San Francisco"A Cultural Handbook to the Bible is a splendid resource for teachers (at any level), preachers, and general readers seeking to bridge the gaps (geographical, historical, social, cultural) separating us today from biblical times and everyday life in antiquity."Joan C. Campbell-- Atlantic School of Theology"From beginning to end, John Pilch breaks the cultural world of the Bible wide open, enabling readers along the whole theological spectrum to be more considerate readers of texts that derive from a social system vastly different from our own. With this aid at their side, readers of the Bible will avoid common misinterpretations of biblical terms, symbols, behaviors, values, and more. This is a must-have resource for theologians, preachers, and students."Bruce J. Malina-- Creighton University"John Pilch's expertise in Middle Eastern culture shines through in pointed scenarios concerning the cosmos, the earth, persons, family, language, human consciousness, God and the spirit world, and entertainment."Jerome H. Neyrey-- University of Notre Dame"Pilch's Cultural Handbook to the Bible is so interesting that readers will find it hard to stop reading. Very accessible for a wide range of readers -- college students, seminarians, theologians, laypersons. . . . Materials from this book would give lots of fizz and snap to sermons."Peter C. Phan-- Georgetown University"In a highly accessible style yet with deep and wide scholarship, John Pilch, an international authority on the biblical social world, leads us, like a trustworthy tour guide, through the highways and byways of the ancient world. Thanks to his work, the Bible becomes alive to us again as God's Word in human words. I most strongly recommend this handbook to both scholars and general readers."Douglas E. Oakman-- Pacific Lutheran University"An award-winning predecessor volume by John Pilch (The Cultural Dictionary of the Bible) proved enormously useful for my undergradua