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The Oxford History of the Biblical World

Edited by Michael D. Coogan

For more than a century, archaeologists 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 the Biblical World incorporates the best of this scholarship, and in chronologically ordered chapters presents the reader with a clear and integrated study of the history, art, architecture, languages, literatures, and religion of biblical Israel and early Judaism and Christianity in their larger cultural contexts. The contributing 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.

Published by Oxford University Press, 2001.


Table of Contents

In the Beginning: The Earliest History
Before Israel: Syria-Palestine in the Bronze Age
Bitter Lives: Israel in and out of Egypt
Forging an 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 ExiIe: 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

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