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The Cambridge Companion to the Bible
     

The Cambridge Companion to the Bible

by Howard Clark Kee, John Rogerson, Anthony J. Saldarini, Eric M. Meyers
 
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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'What a splendid and rich mine of information compactly and elegantly set out. A real boon to those eager to read the Bible knowledgeably.' Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, Desmond Tutu

'Truly wonderful book. Clear, concise, illuminating. It will be useful for all of those of us who preach every week, and for the educated person who wants to learn more about the sacred scriptures without being overwhelmed by academic detail. Everyone should have a copy.' Father Andrew M. Greeley, the University of Chicago and the University of Arizona

'The Cambridge Companion to the Bible would enable readers of all traditions to gain more insight into the Bible's narrative. It is as much for the general reader as for the student. It would be an important addition to any library's theological collection, more for a lending than a reference section.' Reference Reviews

'… a work that draws on the best scholarship but seeks to make it accessible to anyone seriously concerned to see the Bible in its historical context … One of the best features of the book is that it deals with the Apocrypha and the two centuries before Christ as well as the first two or three centuries after his birth. The result is a satisfying sense of continuity.' Richard Harries, The Guardian

'… a useful background study book, written from an academic perspective.' Christianity

' The authors of this volume have accomplished a remarkable feat … this volume is set to become the standard text for university students, and of ministers who see the importance of keeping abreast of the world of biblical studies.' Baptist Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521343695
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/13/1997
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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