Behind the Scenes of the Old Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts

Behind the Scenes of the Old Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts

Behind the Scenes of the Old Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts

Behind the Scenes of the Old Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts


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This authoritative volume brings together a team of world-class scholars to cover the full range of Old Testament backgrounds studies in a concise, up-to-date, and comprehensive manner. With expertise in various subdisciplines of Old Testament backgrounds, the authors illuminate the cultural, social, and historical contexts of the world behind the Old Testament. They introduce readers to a wide range of background materials, covering history, geography, archaeology, and ancient Near Eastern textual and iconographic studies.

Meant to be used alongside traditional literature-based canonical surveys, this one-stop introduction to Old Testament backgrounds fills a gap in typical introduction to the Bible courses. It contains over 100 illustrations, including photographs, line drawings, maps, charts, and tables, which will facilitate its use in the classroom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801097751
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/06/2018
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 997,121
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Jonathan S. Greer (PhD, Pennsylvania State University) is associate professor of Old Testament and director of the Hesse Memorial Archaeological Laboratory at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

John W. Hilber (PhD, University of Cambridge) is professor of Old Testament at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario, and is the author of several books.

John H. Walton (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He speaks extensively on reading the Old Testament in its ancient context and has authored or edited numerous books.

Table of Contents


Introduction Jonathan S. Greer, John W. Hilber, and John H. Walton
Part One: Elements of the Drama
The Stage: Historical Geography
1. Introduction to Historical Geography Paul H. Wright
2. Regions and Routes in the Levant Carl G. Rasmussen
3. Climate and Environment of the Levant Elizabeth Arnold
4. Plants and Animals of the Land of Israel Daniel Fuks and Nimrod Marom
II. The Sets and Props: Archaeology
5. Introduction to Biblical Archaeology Seymour Gitin
6. Archaeology of the Late Bronze Age Joe Uziel
7. Archaeology of the Iron Age I Aren M. Maeir
8. Archaeology of the Iron Age II Amihai Mazar
9. Archaeology of the Neo-Babylonian and Persian Periods Constance E. C. Gane
10. Archaeology of the Hellenistic Period Jordan Ryan
III. The Scripts: Ancient Near Eastern Literature
11. Introduction to Ancient Near Eastern Literature Adam E. Miglio
12. Hebrew Inscriptions Judith M. Hadley
13. Mesopotamian Literature Dave C. Deuel
14. Egyptian Literature Nili Shupak
15. Hittite Literature Alice Mouton
16. Northwest Semitic Inscriptions Margaret E. Cohen
17. Ugaritic Literature William D. Barker
18. Early Jewish Literature Ryan Stokes
IV. The Frames: Ancient Near Eastern Iconography
19. Introduction to Ancient Near Eastern Iconography Izak Cornelius
20. Egyptian Iconography Laura Wright
21. Mesopotamian and Anatolian Iconography Daniel Bodi
22. Canaanite/Israelite Iconography Brent A. Strawn
Part Two: Acts and Scenes of the Drama
V. Acts: Integrated Approaches to Broad Historical Contexts
23. The Ancestral Period Richard S. Hess
24. The Egyptian Sojourn and the Exodus David A. Falk
25. The Settlement Period Pekka Pitkänen
26. The United Monarchy Steven M. Ortiz
27. The Divided Monarchy: Israel Jens Bruun Kofoed
28. The Divided Monarchy: Judah Eric L. Welch
29. The Exile and the Exilic Communities Deirdre N. Fulton
30. Persian Period Yehud Kenneth A. Ristau
31. The Maccabean Revolt and the Hasmonean Kingdom Joel Willitts
VI. Scenes: Integrated Approaches to Event-Based Historical Contexts
32. Akhenaten and the Amarna Period Mark D. Janzen
33. The Late Bronze Age Collapse and the Sea Peoples' Migrations Gregory D. Mumford
34. Sheshonq's Levantine Conquest and Biblical History Yigal Levin
35. The Battle of Qarqar and Assyrian Aspirations Mark W. Chavalas
36. The Mesha Inscription and Relations with Moab and Edom Juan Manuel Tebes
37. The Tell Dan Inscription, Jehu's Revolt, and Aramaean Campaigns in Israel and Judah K. Lawson Younger Jr.
38. Sennacherib's Invasion of Judah and Neo-Assyrian Expansion Kyle H. Keimer
39. Eighth-Century Levantine Earthquakes and Natural Disasters Ryan N. Roberts
40. The Battle of Carchemish and Seventh-Century Regional Politics Sara L. Hoffman
41. Alexander the Great and Levantine Hellenism D. Brent Sandy
Part Three: Themes of the Drama
VII. God: Integrated Approaches to Themes in Israelite Religion
42. Monotheism in Ancient Israel Matthew J. Lynch
43. Biblical Texts Studied in Comparison with Other Ancient Near Eastern Documents John H. Walton
44. The Temple in Context John H. Walton
45. Priests in the Ancient Near East Gerald Klingbeil
46. Worship, Sacrifice, and Festivals in the Ancient Near East Roy E. Gane
47. Family Religion in Ancient Israel Andrew R. Davis
48. Prophecy, Divination, and Magic in the Ancient Near East John W. Hilber
49. Death and Burial in the Iron Age Levant Christopher B. Hays
VIII. Family: Integrated Approaches to Themes in Family Networks
50. Tribes and Nomads in the Iron Age Levant Thomas D. Petter
51. Women in Ancient Israel Carol Meyers
52. Family, Children, and Inheritance in the Biblical World Victor H. Matthews
IX. Sustenance: Integrated Approaches to Themes in Economic Contexts
53. Seasons, Crops, and Water in the Land of the Bible Oded Borowski
54. Trade in the Late Bronze and Iron Age Levant Joshua T. Walton
55. Slavery in the World of the Bible Richard E. Averbeck
56. The Local Economies of Ancient Israel Peter Altmann
57. Metallurgy in the World of the Bible Brady Liss and Thomas E. Levy
58. Ancient Technologies of Everyday Life Gloria London
59. Food Preparation in the Iron Age Levant Cynthia Shafer-Elliott
60. Feasting in the Biblical World Janling Fu
61. Music and Dance in the World of the Bible Annie F. Caubet
X. Governance: Integrated Approaches to Themes in Social Organization
62. Kingship and the State in Ancient Israel Nili S. Fox
63. Social Stratification in the Iron Age Levant Avraham Faust
64. Law and Legal Systems in Ancient Israel David W. Baker
65. Wisdom Traditions in Ancient Israel Paul Overland
66. Warfare in the World of the Bible Mark Schwartz
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