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The Oxford History of the Biblical World

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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 appr
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Paperback, 508 pages
Published June 7th 2001 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1998)
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Robert
Jul 13, 2016 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like last summer when I read through THE OXFORD HISTORY OF ISLAM, this time I read through THE OXFORD HISTORY OF THE BIBLICAL WORLD. While I wasn't familiar with most of the material in the former, I was at least nominally familiar with a lot of the material presented in this volume. And as a consequence, I was able to absorb (and finish) it a lot quicker. It consists of 12 scholarly essays on the different historical periods from prehistory up to a few hundred years after the Roman Empire split ...more
Anne
Mar 12, 2014 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally I finished it!
This tome goes from the very ancient of times to about the eighth century AD.
I did not read it for a class, but independently. It is an assumption by the authors that you will have some sort of background knowledge of this era.
Informative and expansive. This is the most recommended book for anyone interested in biblical history.
Maryann
Jan 13, 2016 Maryann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Reading this was the happiest slog I've ever had. By slog I mean that this is not really beginner level history reading. I typically read about history by wiki-hopping. If a particular subject really piques my interest I'll check out a book or two. But this... this beast of a book! It was dense. It was tough. I'm breaking out in a sweat just thinking about it! ~jk
Brad Kuhn
Aug 13, 2012 Brad Kuhn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
A wealth of information on the historical setting of the bible. I found the chapters on Christianity to be too short/high-level, but the majority of the book covers pre-Christian history and I learned a tremendous amount.
Scott Barber
Aug 25, 2014 Scott Barber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good methodology, good results. Some chapters were weaker than others; some were a delight to read.
Walt
Feb 01, 2009 Walt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-ancient
With dry writing and lengthy sections, it normally is not a pleasant read; but the information went beyond repeating passages in the Bible. The author tried to base the work on archeology.
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Michael Coogan is Director of Publications for the Harvard Semitic Museum and Professor of Religious Studies at Stonehill College. For several decades, he has taught an introductory course on the Hebrew Scriptures at Harvard University, as well as at Wellesley College, Boston College, and Stonehill College. One of the leading biblical scholars in the United States, he is the author of The Old Test ...more
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