The Cambridge Companion to the Bible / Edition 2by Bruce Chilton, Howard Clark Kee, Eric M. Meyers, John Rogerson
Pub. Date: 10/31/2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
The Cambridge Companion to the Bible, Second Edition focuses on the ever-changing social and cultural contexts in which the biblical authors and their original readers lived. The authors of the first edition were chosen for their internationally recognized expertise in their respective fields: the history and literature of Israel; postbiblical Judaism; biblical
The Cambridge Companion to the Bible, Second Edition focuses on the ever-changing social and cultural contexts in which the biblical authors and their original readers lived. The authors of the first edition were chosen for their internationally recognized expertise in their respective fields: the history and literature of Israel; postbiblical Judaism; biblical archaeology; and the origins and early literature of Christianity. In this second edition, all of their chapters have been updated and thoroughly revised, with a view towards better investigating the social histories embedded in the biblical texts and incorporating the most recent archaeological discoveries from the Ancient Near East and Hellenistic worlds.
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Table of Contents
The concept of God's people; Bibliographic essay; Part I. The Old Testament World: 1. The world of the ancestors; 2. The world of Israel's 'historians'; 3. The world of Israel's prophets; 4. The world of Israel's worship; 5. The world of Israel's sages and poets; 6. The world of apocalyptic; Bibliographical essay; Part II. Jewish Responses to Greco-Roman Culture: 1. Preservation and adaptation: the encounter with Hellenism; 2. Antiochus IV and the Maccabean Crisis; 3. Roman invasion and Jewish response; 4. Herod the Great; 5. Herod's heirs; 6. Roman rule in the first century CE; 7. Mid-first-century crises; 8. The Jewish world after the fall of Jerusalem; Bibliographical essay; Part III. The Formation of the Christian Community: 1. Jesus and the covenant; 2. Paul: the Jesus movement in the Roman world; 3. Christianity responds to formative Judaism; 4. Christianity responds to Roman culture and imperial policy; 5. Diversity in the church; 6. Attempts to unify faith and practice; Bibliographical essay.
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As a college student I have found all of the Cambridge Companions to be useful sources of information. This compendium is a wonderful source because it contains such a broad expanse of knowledge and essays. Information is given in a historical context which is invaluable in biblical studies. The analysis provided is insightful and educational as well as scholarly. I often cite them in my papers. Most images are black and white, but color is included as well. The book is divided into three sections: Israel and its early history (and the world of the Hebrew Bible); the period just before, during and just after Christ's arrival (this section covers the Jewish response to the Greek and Roman cultures); the formation of Christian communities (the early Christian church). What I like best about this particular volume, in addition to the fact that it covers such broad time frame, is that sidebars cover contextual subjects such as, "The Greek Hero" and "The Babylonian Job." These put the writers of the Bible (and other texts of that time period) squarely into the time frame in which they lived and allow the reader to gain insight into how they viewed their mission.