Old Testament Background Life

Old Testament Background Life

A Cultural Handbook to the Bible

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The task of interpreting the Bible which was written by and to people living in very different cultural contexts from contemporary Western society can seem monumental. The opposite is also true: people can easily forget that studying the Bible is a type of cross-cultural encounter, instead reading their own cultural assumptions into biblical texts.
In "A Cultural Handbook to the Bible" John Pilch bridges this cultural divide by translating important social concepts and applying them to biblical texts. In short, accessible chapters Pilch discusses sixty-three topics related to the cosmos, the earth, persons, family, language, human consciousness, God and the spirit world, and entertainment. Pilch's fresh interpretations of the Bible challenge traditional views and explore topics often overlooked in commentaries. Each chapter concludes with a list of useful references from cultural anthropology or biblical studies, making this book an excellent resource for students of the Bible."
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S780802867209
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2012-11-01
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William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company

AFRICA & THE AFRICANS IN THE OT

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An important contribution to Old Testament studies focusing on the Table of Nations (Genesis 10) as well as clear Black African elements in Old Testament scripture and theology.
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9781573092043
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1997-09-01
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International Scholars Publications

ANCIENT EGYPTIAN LITERATURE V2

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First published in 1973 and followed by Volume II in 1976 and Volume III in 1980 this anthology has assumed classic status in the field of Egyptology and portrays the remarkable evolution of the literary forms of one of the world s earliest civilizations.
Volume I outlines the early and gradual evolution of Egyptian literary genres, including biographical and historical inscriptions carved on stone, the various classes of literary works written with pen on papyrus, and the mortuary literature that focuses on life after death. Introduced with a new foreword by Antonio Loprieno.
Volume II shows the culmination of these literary genres within the single period known as the New Kingdom (1550-1080 B.C.). With a new foreword by Hans-W. Fischer-Elfert.
Volume III spans the last millennium of Pharaonic civilization, from the tenth century B.C. to the beginning of the Christian era. With a new foreword by Joseph G. Manning."
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9780520248434
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2006-03-31
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University of California Press

ANCIENT ISRAEL

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Ancient Israel by Roland de Vaux, now considered by many to be a modern classic, offers a fascinating, full-scale reconstruction of the social and religious life of Israel in Old Testament times. Drawing principally from the text of the Old Testament itself, as well as from archaeological evidence and information gathered from the historical study of Israel's neighbors, de Vaux first provides an extensive introduction to the nomadic nature of life in ancient Israel and then traces in detail the development of Israel's most important institutionsfamily, civil, military, and religious - and their influence on the nation's life and history.
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9780802842787
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1997-02-28
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William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company

ANIMALS OF THE BIBLE

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Animals of the Bible contains Photographs and descriptions of animals mentioned in the Old and New Testaments, each with quotations and sources from the Bible. Written by marine biologist David Darom and photographed by David Darom and the well-known nature photographer Yossi Eshbol.

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9789652801067
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2007-11-30
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Palphot

ARCHAEOLOGY & THE RELIGION OF

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Originally published in 1942, this classic statement of twentieth-century biblical archaeology demonstrates a premier archaeologist at work in relating the findings of archaeology to the history of Israel as conveyed in the Old Testament. Now in this Old Testament Library edition, the seminal study includes a new introductory essay by Theodore J. Lewis.

The Old Testament Library provides fresh and authoritative treatments of important aspects of Old Testament study through commentaries and general surveys. The contributors are scholars of international standing.

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9780664227425
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2006-09-01
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Westminster John Knox Press

ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE LAND OF THE BIBLE V1

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Every year thousands of enthusiasts, amateur and professional, spend the summer months digging in the sands of Israel hoping to find items that in some way relate to the places and events depicted in the Bible. This work looks at the history and archaeology of the Bible lands.
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9780300140071
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1992-09-01
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Yale University Press

Bible And The Land

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As the early church moved away from the original cultural setting of the Bible and found its home in the west, Christians lost touch with the ancient world of the Bible. Cultural habits, the particulars of landscape, even the biblical languages soon were unknown. And the cost was enormous: Christians began reading the Bible as foreigners and missing the original images and ideas that shaped a biblical worldview. This new book by New Testament scholar Gary Burge launches a multivolume series that explores how the culture of the biblical world is presupposed in story after story of the Bible. Using cultural anthropology, ancient literary sources, and a selective use of modern Middle Eastern culture, Burge reopens the ancient biblical story and urges us to look at them through new lenses. Here he explores primary motifs from the biblical landscape geography, water, rock, bread, etc. and applies them to vital stories from the Bible."

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S780310280446
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2009-08-01
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Zondervan

BIBLE IN ITS WORLD

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9781592446186
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2004-03-31
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Wipf & Stock Publishers

BIRDS IN THE LAND OF THE BIBLE

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The brief book is an introductory sampling of 60 of the 500+ birds that can be found in Israel. The focus of the book is to offer the reader a general background on the birds and their natural history. The text discusses migration, feeding behavior, historical accounts, distribution, and habits. This information is general in nature.
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9789652800640
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2007-11-30
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Palphot

BRIEF HISTORY OF ANCIENT ISREAL

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Grounded in the latest archeological developments, Victor Matthews's "A Brief History of Ancient Israel" presents a concise history of Israel covering the ancestral period, conquest and settlement, the monarchy, and both the exilic and postexilic periods. Using supplemental figures and insets, the author concentrates on providing a cogent and condensed discussion of events. He examines historical geography, archaeological data, and, where relevant, comparative cultural materials from other ancient Near Eastern civilizations. With an accessible yet high-quality introduction, "A Brief History of Ancient Israel" will be of immense value to both students of the Old Testament and the scholars who teach them.

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9780664224363
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2002-10-01
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Westminster John Knox Press

CHIEFTAINS OF THE HIGHLAND CLANS

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An illuminating social history of ancient Israel, Chieftains of the Highland Clans offers an unusually thorough and original reconstruction of Israelite society prior to the rise of the monarchy around 1000 B.C. Using the latest archaeological research and anthropological theories, Robert Miller presents an intriguing picture of what life was like in early Israel. Ethnographic evidence from diverse cultures suggests the "complex chiefdom" model as the most appropriate for the archaeology of twelfth- and eleventh-century highland Palestine. This model details the economic and political realities of prestate societies with ascribed rank and hierarchical political control. As he applies and fine-tunes the complex chiefdom model, Miller illustrates areas of potential correspondence and contradiction between his reconstruction and the biblical text. Students of archaeology, Palestine, and the Hebrew Bible will not want to miss Miller's fresh and fascinating conclusions about the sociopolitical nature of early Israel.
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9780802809889
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2005-05-01
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William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company