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The Biblical World

Edited by John Barton

© 2011 – Routledge

1,152 pages

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About the Book

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.


'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

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 Genres 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 Documents 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 History 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: Institutions 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

About the Editor

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).

About the Series

Routledge Worlds

The Routledge Worlds are magisterial surveys of key historical epochs, edited and written by world-renowned experts. Giving unprecedented breadth and depth of coverage, they are the works against which all future books on their subjects will be judged and are essential reading for anyone with a serious interest in the subject.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Ancient / General