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1st Edition

The Biblical World

ISBN 9780415349543
Published September 26, 2004 by Routledge
1152 Pages

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Book Description

The Biblical World is a comprehensive guide to the contents, historical settings and social context of the Bible. It presents the fruits of years of specialist study in an accessible form, and is essential reading for anyone who reads the Bible and would like to know more about how and why it came to be.

Written by an international collection of experts, the volumes include a full overview of the full range of biblical material, before going on to more detailed discussions of myth and prophecy to poetry and proverbs.

Explorations of the historical background are complemented by the findings of archaeology, and the book explores language, law, administration, social life and the arts as well. Major figures of the Bible - including Abraham, Jesus and Paul - are studied in detail, as are the main religious concepts it contains, such as salvation and purity.

Also including an examination of how the Bible is viewed today, this monumental work will be an invaluable resource for students, academics and clergy, and for all to whom the Bible is important as a religious or cultural document.

Table of Contents

Volume 1:

Introduction John Barton.

The Bible

1. The Old Testament/Hebrew Bible Rex Mason

2. The Apocrypha Adele Reinhartz

3. The New Testament Christopher Tuckett


4. Near Eastern Myths and Legends Stephanie Dalley

5. Historiography in the Old Testament Andrew Mayes

6. Prophecy Greame Auld

7. Wisdom Katharine Dell

8. Apocalypticism Christopher Rowland

9. The Jewish Novel Lawrence Wills

10. The Gospels John Muddiman

11. Letters in the New Testament and in the Greco-Roman World Harry Gamble


12. Text and Versions: the Old Testament Carmel McCarthy

13. Text and Versions: the New Testament David Parker

14. The Dead Sea Scrolls George Brooke

15. Hebrew Inscriptions Graham Davies

16. The Cairo Genizah Stefan Reif

17. Gnostic Gospels Alastair Logan

18. Early Biblical Interpretation (Jewish) Alison Salvesen

19. Early Biblical Interpretation (Christian) Mark Edwards


20. Biblical Archaeology Felicity Cobbing

21. Palestine in the Bronze Age J. Maxwell Miller

22. Palestine in the Iron Age Keith Whitelam

23. The Age of the Exile Joseph Blenkinsopp

24. Israel under Persia and Greece Lester Grabbe

25. Judea under Roman Rule 63-135 CE Sarah Pearce

26.Israel's Neighbours Bustenay Oded

Volume 2:


27. The Hebrew and Aramic Languages John Huehnergard & Jo Ann Hackett

28. The Greek Language John Muddiman

29. Warfare Thomas Bolin

30. The Arts Susan Gillingham

31. Law and Administration in the New Testament World J. Duncan Derrett

32. Religion in the Pre-exilic Israel Rainer Albertz

33. Religion in Israel during and after the exile Rainer Albertz

34. Judaism at the Turn of the Era Jarl Fossum

35. The First Churches: Social Life Justin Megitt

36. The First Churches: Religious Practice Justin Megitt

Biblical Figures

37. Israel's Ancestors: The Patriarchs and Matriarchs George Ramsey

38. Moses John Van Seters

39. David and Solomon Gwilym Jones

40. Jesus Robert Morgan

41. Paul David Horrell

Religious Ideas

42. Salvation in Jewish Thought Dan Cohn-Sherbok

43. Salvation in Christian Thought Andrew Chester

44. Interpretations of the Identity and Role of Jesus Catrin Williams

45. Death and Afterlife John J.Collins

46. Purity Gordon Wenham

The Bible Today

47. Jewish Biblical Translations Leonard Greenspoon

48. Christian Biblical Translations Henry Wansbrough

49. Modern Biblical Interpretation William Telford

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John Barton is Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture, University of Oxford, and Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford. He is the author of numerous books and articles on biblical texts, and is also the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Biblical Interpretation (1998) and (with John Muddiman) of The Oxford Bible Commentary (2001).


'This should prove a most valuable addition to any library. The illustrations, of which there are many, are helpful. Because the entries are not over-long they make for easier reading, essential in a reference work.' - James Munson, Contemporary Review