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The Oxford history of the biblical world
Coogan, Michael David.
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New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
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xii, 643 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
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BS635.2 .O94 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Here, in one impressively illustrated 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, archeologists 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 theBiblical 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 largercultural 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. Readers will find that 200 photographs, line drawings, and maps as well as an insertcontaining 25 color photographs vividly illustrate the history discussed. Understanding the biblical world is a vital part of understanding the Bible. Broad, authoritative, and visually 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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Michael David Coogan is Professor of Religious Studies at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts.

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Library Journal Review

Coogan (religious studies, Stonehill Coll.) has assembled a dozen scholars with impressive credentials in ancient Near Eastern studies to assist him in creating this work of immense scope. These contributors bring varied perspectives to their work as they draw from new primary and secondary sources based on recent archaeological excavations (often their own) and on translations of texts such as the Dead Sea Scrolls. Organized chronologically, the essays explore the many cultures of ancient Canaan, Israel, Judea, and Palestine from 10,000 B.C.E. to the rise of Islam in the seventh century C.E. Illustrations, maps, charts, chronologies, and bibliographies enhance the uniformly well-written essays. But the strengths of the work are its currency and breadth of coverage and perspective. Appropriate for all libraries with collections in religion or Near Eastern studies, and of particular interest to students of biblical history and archaeology. [For another book edited by Coogan, see The Illustrated Guide to World Religions, reviewed on p. 72.‘Ed.]‘Linda V. Carlisle, Southern Illinois Univ., Edwardsville (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

List of Mapsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
The Oxford History of the Biblical Worldp. 2
Prologue: The Earliest Historyp. 3
Select Bibliographyp. 23
Chapter 1 Syria-Palestine in the Bronze Agep. 25
Select Bibliographyp. 56
Chapter 2 Israel in and Out of Egyptp. 58
Select Bibliographyp. 88
Chapter 3 The Emergence of Ancient Israelp. 90
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Chapter 4 The Era of the Judgesp. 132
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Chapter 5 The Early Monarchyp. 165
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Chapter 6 Judah and Israel from the Death of Solomon to the Fall of Samariap. 206
Select Bibliographyp. 240
Chapter 7 From the Assyrian Conquest of Israel to the Fall of Babylonp. 242
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Chapter 8 The Persian Periodp. 276
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Chapter 9 Jews and Judaism in the Hellenistic Periodp. 317
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Chapter 10 From Pompey to the First Jewish Revoltp. 352
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Chapter 11 The Jesus Movement in the Roman Worldp. 388
Select Bibliographyp. 418
Epilogue: Jews and Christians in the Roman Empirep. 420
Select Bibliographyp. 444
Chronologyp. 447
General Bibliographyp. 453
Contributorsp. 456
Indexp. 459