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The Oxford History of the Biblical World

The Oxford History of the Biblical World

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By (author) Michael A. Coogan

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 508 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 28mm | 748g
  • Publication date: 26 July 2001
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0195139372
  • ISBN 13: 9780195139372
  • Edition: Annotated
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: 24 maps, 8 half tone plates and 6 tables
  • Sales rank: 259,464

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This is a text-only paperback edition of The Oxford History of the Biblical World. a comprehensive survey of the world from which the Bible emerged. Chronologically ordered, it is an authoritative synthesis written by leading scholars and incorporating the latest archeological discoveries and current methodologies. Chapters present a readable and integrated study of the history, art, architecture, languages, literature, and religion of biblical Israel and early Judaism and Christianity in their larger cultural context. For the paperback edition the maps and tables will remain intact. However, Coogan selects an eight-page black and white insert from the original art program. The art insert compiles the most visually compelling and historical important items that are illustrative of the text.

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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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this work is one of solid scholarship. It is informative and very suitable for student use and for the general reader. James Barr, Times Literary Supplement 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

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)

Table of contents

In the Beginning: The Earliest History ; Before Israel: Syria-Palestine in the Bronze Age ; Bitter Lives: Israel in an dout of Egypt ; Forging and 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 ; Israel Among the Nations: The Persian Period ; 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 ; Chronological Table of Events ; General Bibliography ; Notes on Contributors ; Index