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Overview

The Cambridge Companion to the Bible is unique in that it provides, in a single volume, in-depth information about the changing historical, social and cultural contexts in which the biblical writers and their original readers lived. The authors of the Companion were chosen for their internationally recognised expertise in their respective fields: the history and literature of Israel; post-biblical Judaism; biblical archaeology; and the origins and early literature of Christianity. The Companion deals not only with the canonical writings, but also with the apocryphal works produced by Jewish and Christian writers. The historical setting for the entire range of these biblical writings is depicted and analysed in this volume, with abundant illustrations and maps to assist the reader in visualising the world of the Bible.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521343695
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/13/1997
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Religion Series
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 7.87 (w) x 10.08 (h) x 1.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce D. Chilton is Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Religion at Bard College. His most recent books include Rabbi Jesus: An Intimate Biography (2000), Redeeming Time: The Wisdom of Ancient Jewish and Christian Festal Calendars (2002), Rabbi Paul: An Intellectual Biography (2004), and Mary Magdalene: A Biography (2005).

Howard Clark Kee is William Goodwin Aurelio Professor of Biblical Studies, Emeritus, at Boston University. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the first edition of The Cambridge Companion to the Bible, Beginnings of Christianity: Introduction to the New Testament (2005), Understanding the New Testament (5th ed.), and Jesus in History (3rd ed.).

Eric M. Meyers is Professor of Religious Studies at Duke University. He has authored or co-authored nine books, edited many others, and has published widely in the fields of Hebrew Bible, biblical archaeology, and Second Temple Judaism. He also served as editor in chief of the five-volume work, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East (1997).

John Rogerson is Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield. He is the author of The Atlas of the Bible (1984), The Study and Use of the Bible, Volume 2 (1988), The Bible: A Cultural Atlas for Young Children (1993), and coauthor of The Old Testament World (1989).

Amy-Jill Levine is E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University. Her numerous publications address Christian Origins, Jewish-Christian Relations, and Sexuality, Gender, and the Bible. Her current projects include the editing of the fourteen-volume series, The Feminist Companions to theNew Testament and Early Christian Writing.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Howard Clark Kee; 1. Why the Bible is important; 2. How to use this book; 3. The identity and destiny of God's people; Bibliographical essay; Part I. The Old Testament World Eric M. Myers and John W. Rogerson: 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, 332 BCE to 200 CE Anthony J. Saldarini: 1. Judaism encounters the Hellenistic world; 2. Antiochus IV and the Maccabean crisis in Palestine; 3. Roman invasion and Jewish response; 4. Herod; 5. Herod's heirs; 6. The world of Jesus; 7. Mid-first-century crises; 8. The Jewish world after the fall of Jerusalem; Bibliographical essay; Part III. The Formation of the Christian Community Howard Clark Kee: 1. Jesus and the new Covenant people; 2. Paul: the Jesus movement launched in the Roman world; 3. Christianity responds to formative Judaism; 4. Christianity responds to Roman culture; 5. Conceptual and organisational diversity in the church; 6. Christianity seeks to unify faith and practice; Bibliographical essay; Index.
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