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The Oxford History of the Biblical World [Paperback]

By Michael D. Coogan (Editor)
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Examines the history, art, architecture, languages, literatures, society, and religion of Biblical Israel and early Judaism and Christianity

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In this impressive 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, 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 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 larger cultural 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.
Understanding the biblical world is a vital part of understanding the Bible. Broad, authoritative, and engaging, The Oxford History of the Biblical World will illuminate for any reader the ancient world from which the Bible emerged.

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Oxford History of the Biblical World by Michael D. Coogan has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2011 page 71
  • Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2002 page 40
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 73
  • Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/2007 page 62
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 96

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages   487
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.2" Width: 6.12" Height: 1.07"
Weight:   1.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 7, 2001
Publisher   Oxford University Press
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0195139372  
ISBN13  9780195139372  

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Michael Coogan is Professor of Religious Studies at Stonehill College and Director of Publications for the Harvard Semitic Museum. He has also taught at Harvard University, Boston College, Wellesley College, Fordham University, and the University of Waterloo (Ontario), and has participated in and directed archaeological excavations in Israel, Jordan, Cyprus, and Egypt. He is the author of Old Testament text books and The Old Testament VSI.
Marc Z. Brettler is Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies and chair of the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University.
Carol Newsom is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament, Candler School of Theology, Emory University.
Pheme Perkins is Professor of Theology at Boston College.

Michael D. Coogan currently resides in Easton, in the state of Massachusetts. Michael D. Coogan has an academic affiliation as follows - Stonehill College/Harvard Semitic Museum Lecturer in the Hebrew Bible/.

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > History > Ancient > General
2Books > Subjects > History > Ancient
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Bible & Other Sacred Texts
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > Commentaries > General
5Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > Concordances
6Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > General
8Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Religious Studies > History

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Bible and History  Jan 1, 2008
This book relates history to the Bible, giving readers a new perspective on world events at the time of events recorded in the Bible. It's certainly not a fast read, but it's interesting.
Buyer Beware  Dec 1, 2007
Buyer beware. The chapter on the time of Jesus reads like an op-ed piece, not a history book. The author of it is Amy-Jill Levine, who describes herself on her website as a "Yankee Jewish feminist . . . with a commitment to eliminating anti-Jewish, sexist, and homophobic theologies." If you are a Christian looking for a neutral, scholarly source of information, keep looking.
An excellent reference  May 3, 2006
This book has proved more and more valuable over time. As a pastor and seminary student, it helps to place Biblical events in the proper context. As an aspiring Ancient historian, the clear, concise text and apt photos and illustrations make sense of some pretty dense reading in other texts. It's even a fun read for enjoyment!
The Oxford History of the Biblical World  Feb 25, 2006
I must admit that my expectation was for greater accuracy to proper verbage than was printed. Much of the time the authors used location names, like 'Palistine', when referencing 'BC' (BCE) rather than the true name 'Isreal.' Small verbal goofs like this was unexpected from an institution like the Oxford press. Most of the information, though, was excellent, and informative.
Get the hardcover edition, not the paperback  Nov 7, 2003
This truly is an excellent resource, as discussed by other reviewers. Unfortunately, though, the paperback version is not just a reprint of the hardback in floppy covers. Instead, many of the visual features that contribute so much to the appeal of the hardback edition have been removed. Admittedly several remain, including a section of color plates in the middle of the book, but one who is familiar with the hardback likely will be disappointed by the paperback.

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