The Oxford History of the Biblical World

The Oxford History of the Biblical World


Edited by Michael D. Coogan

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 672 pages
  • Dimensions: 200mm x 246mm x 50mm | 1,700g
  • Publication date: 30 November 1999
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0195087070
  • ISBN 13: 9780195087079
  • Illustrations note: 26 colour plates, numerous black and white illustrations, 25 maps

Product description

The Oxford History of the Biblical World is a comprehensive, fully illustrated survey of the world from which the Bible emerged. The work is written by leading scholars, all of whom have considerable expertise in archaeology and the study of ancient texts. In a series of chronologically ordered chapters, the book presents an integrated study of the geopolitics, symbolic universes, and social and political organization of the many cultures that formed the ancient Near East and the Greco-Roman world. Spanning from prehistoric times (ca. 10000 BCE) to the rise of Islam (seventh century BCE) and from Mesopotamia to Rome, the book focuses primarily on biblical Israel and early Judaism and Christianity. The authors discuss not only the plitical and military history and key events and

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Author information

Michael David Coogan is Professor of Religious Studies at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts.

Review quote

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 Feb 2001

Editorial reviews

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)