Persia and the Bible


An analysis of the peoples, rulers, and cities of Persia and the role they played in Old Testament history. Packed with illustrations and more than 100 photographs.
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An analysis of the peoples, rulers, and cities of Persia and the role they played in Old Testament history. Packed with illustrations and more than 100 photographs.
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Library Journal
In his historical-archaeological study, Yamauchi ( Stones and the Scriptures , Baker Bk. House, 1981) attempts to explain Persian history and culture in the context of biblical accounts, enlarging upon this connection in brief discussions of numerous topics surrounding Persian rulers, seats of government, and religion. The brevity of the discussions and summary presentations of controversial and contradictory theories may prove frustrating for the serious student of Persian history. Still, the book contains many useful elements: a broad survey of the literature and recent archaeological findings; indexes including biblical issues; pertinent maps, diagrams, and illustrations; a large, select bibliography; and meticulous documentation. A valuable basic biblical reference tool or a point of departure for more advanced historical research.-- Paula I. Nielson, Loyola Marymount Univ. Lib., Los Angeles
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801021084
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/1997
  • Edition description: 1 PBK ED
  • Pages: 584
  • Sales rank: 1,021,335
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Edwin M. Yamauchi (Ph.D., Brandeis University) is professor of history emeritus at Miami University, Ohio. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Africa and hte Bible, Persia and the Bible, Greece and Babylon, The Archaeology of New Testament Cities in Asia Minor, Harper's World of the New Testament, and Africa and Africans in Antiquity. A co-edited work, Peoples of the Old Testament World, won a Biblical Archaeological Society Award.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Preface 11
Abbreviations 15
Introduction 19
1 The Medes 31
2 Cyrus 65
3 Cambyses 93
4 Darius 129
5 Xerxes 187
6 Artaxerxes I 241
7 Susa 279
8 Ecbatana 305
9 Pasargadae 315
10 Persepolis 335
11 Persia and the Greeks 379
12 Zoroastrianism 395
13 The Magi 467
14 Mithraism 493
Appendix 523
Select Bibliography 525
Index of Subjects 549
Index of Places 557
Index of Authors 561
Index of Scripture References 577
List of Maps and Illustrations 579
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