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The Oxford History of the Biblical World


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List of Maps Preface Michael D. Coogan: Prologue: In the Beginning: The Earliest History 1: Wayne T. Pitard: Before Israel: Syria-Palestine in the Bronze Age 2: Carol A. Redmount: Bitter Lives: Israel in and out of Egypt 3: Lawrence E. Stager: Forging an Identity: The Emergence of Ancient Israel 4: Jo Ann Hackett: "There Was No King in Israel": The Era of the Judges 5: Carol Meyers: Kinship and Kingship: The Early Monarchy 6: Edward F. Campbell Jr.: A Land Divided: Judah and Israel from the Death of Solomon to the Fall of Samaria 7: Mordechai Cogan: Into Exile: From the Assyrian Conquest of Israel to the Fall of Babylon 8: Mary Joan Winn Leith: Israel among the Nations: The Persian Period 9: Leonard J. Greenspoon: Between Alexandria and Antioch: Jews and Judaism in the Hellenistic Period 10: Amy-Jill Levine: Visions of Kingdoms: From Pompey to the First Jewish Revolt 11: Daniel N. Schowalter: Churches in Context: The Jesus Movement in the Roman World Barbara Geller: Epilogue: Transitions and Trajectories: Jews and Christians in the Roman Empire

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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.


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

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

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