How the Bible Became a Book: The Textualization of Ancient Israel

Cambridge University Press - William M. For the past two hundred years biblical scholars have usually assumed that the hebrew Bible was essentially written and edited in the Persian and Hellenistic periods the fifth-through-second centuries BCE Recent archaeological evidence and insights from linguistic anthropology, however, point to the earlier era of the late-Iron Age eighth-through-sixth centuries BCE as the formative period for the writing of biblical literature.

How the bible became a book combines recent archaeological discoveries in the Middle East with insights culled from the history of writing to address how the Bible was written and evolved into sacred Scripture. Written for general readers as well as scholars, an oral culture, the book provides rich insight into how these texts came to possess the authority of Scripture and explores why Ancient Israel, began to write literature.

How the Bible Became a Book: The Textualization of Ancient Israel - He is the author of the word of god in Transition Sheffield Academic Press, 1995 and Society and the Promise to David. It describes an emerging literate society in ancient Israel that challenges the assertion that literacy first arose in Greece during the fifth century BCE. Schneidewind is chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA.

The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts

Touchstone - Challenging the fundamentalist readings of the scriptures and marshaling the latest archaeological evidence to support its new vision of ancient Israel, The Bible Unearthed offers a fascinating and controversial perspective on when and why the Bible was written and why it possesses such great spiritual and emotional power today.

They argue that crucial evidence or a telling lack of evidence at digs in israel, and lebanon suggests that many of the most famous stories in the Bible—the wanderings of the patriarchs, Jordan, Joshua’s conquest of Canaan, the Exodus from Egypt, Egypt, and David and Solomon’s vast empire—reflect the world of the later authors rather than actual historical facts.

The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts - Used book in Good Condition. In this groundbreaking work that sets apart fact and legend, authors Finkelstein and Silberman use significant archeological discoveries to provide historical information about biblical Israel and its neighbors. In this iconoclastic and provocative work, leading scholars Israel Finkelstein and Neil Asher Silberman draw on recent archaeological research to present a dramatically revised portrait of ancient Israel and its neighbors.

Short Intro to Hebrew Bible 2ed PB

Fortress Press - Fortress Press. Used book in Good Condition. A dedicated website includes test banks and classroom resources for the busy instructor. Combined with student-friendly features, including charts, chapter summaries, maps, illuminating vignettes, photographs, and bibliographies for further reading, this second edition has been carefully revised to take the scholarly developments into account.

Old Testament Theology for Christians: From Ancient Context to Enduring Belief

IVP Academic - In this capstone to a career of studying and teaching the Old Testament, of sin and evil, of temple and torah, Walton unfolds a grand panorama of Yahweh and the gods, of covenant and kingdom, of cosmos and humanity, and of salvation and afterlife. We will fully grasp the old testament and its theology only when we are immersed in the ancient cultural current of Israel within its broader cultural river of the ancient Near East.

We must not conform it to our own understanding. He has studied, taught, and written about the issues. His signature approach can be introduced in one sentence: The Old Testament was written for us but not to us. In old testament theology for christians, john Walton invites us to leave our modern―and even inherited Christian―preconceptions at the threshold as we enter the world of the Old Testament.

Old Testament Theology for Christians: From Ancient Context to Enduring Belief - Viewed within its ancient Near Eastern cognitive environment, the text takes unexpected turns and blossoms into fresh and challenging insights. Modern readers of the Bible often find the Old Testament difficult and even disturbing. He challenges us to see it anew―as if for the first time―as guests in a strange and fascinating foreign land.

Then we will rediscover its testimony to God’s great enterprise. No matter how you are accustomed to viewing the first testament of the Bible,  Old Testament Theology for Christians will challenge and sharpen your perceptions. What are we to do with obscure prophecies of long expired nations? why should we read and study ancient laws that even the New Testament says are eclipsed by Christ? How can we reconcile Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount with the Old Testament’s graphic narratives of sex and violence? What does the Old Testament offer that is not surpassed and even made irrelevant by the New Testament? John Walton has spent a career engaging deeply with the Old Testament’s text and ancient context.

Who Wrote the Bible?

HarperOne - The author of commentary on the torah, Friedman delves deeply into the history of the Bible in a scholarly work that is as exciting and surprising as a good detective novel. Who wrote the bible? is enlightening, and as the Los Angeles Times aptly observed in its rave review, an important contribution to religious literature, riveting, “There is no other book like this one.

Used book in Good Condition. HarperOne. Friedman is a fascinating, intellectual, yet highly readable analysis and investigation into the authorship of the Old Testament. Fortress Press. The contemporary classic the new york times Book Review called “a thought-provoking and perceptive guide, ” Who Wrote the Bible? by Richard E.

The Bible in a Disenchanted Age: The Enduring Possibility of Christian Faith Theological Explorations for the Church Catholic

Baker Academic - In our increasingly disenchanted age, can we still regard the Bible as God's Word? Why should we consider it trustworthy and dare to believe what it says? Top Old Testament theologian R. W. L. Used book in Good Condition. HarperOne. Fortress Press. Moberly explains why the Bible is unlike any other book by exploring the differences between it and other ancient writings.

He explains why it makes sense to turn to the bible with the expectation of finding ultimate truth in it, offering a robust apology for faith in the God of the Bible that's fully engaged with critical scholarship and reasonable in the twenty-first century.

The Early History of God: Yahweh and the Other Deities in Ancient Israel The Biblical Resource Series

Eerdmans - Foreword by Patrick D. This thoroughly revised second edition ofThe Early History of God includes a substantial new preface by the author and a foreword by Patrick D. Fortress Press. Miller in this remarkable, acclaimed history of the development of monotheism, Mark S. Used book in Good Condition. Smith explains how israel's religion evolved from a cult of Yahweh as a primary deity among many to a fully defined monotheistic faith with Yahweh as sole god.

Miller. Drawing on epigraphic and archaeological sources, Smith cogently demonstrates that Israelite religion was not an outright rejection of foreign, pagan gods but, rather, was the result of the progressive establishment of a distinctly separate Israelite identity. HarperOne. Repudiating the traditional view that israel was fundamentally different in culture and religion from its Canaanite neighbors, this provocative book argues that Israelite religion developed, at least in part, from the religion of Canaan.

The Historical Atlas of Judaism Historical Atlas Series

Chartwell Books, Inc. - Fortress Press. HarperOne. Used book in Good Condition. The history of the jewish people is as turbulent as it is ancient, and this atlas explores the historic struggles of the Jews, as well as their rich cultural and religious history. This work explores key events, wars, and historical figures in clear concise text and brings Judaism alive through maps and contemporaneous art.

The Bible with Sources Revealed

HarperOne - HarperOne. Used book in Good Condition. One of the world's foremost bible experts offers a groundbreaking presentation of the five Books of MosesIn The Bible with Sources Revealed, Richard Elliott Friedman offers a new, Leviticus, visual presentation of the Five Books of Moses -- Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy -- unlocking the complex and fascinating tapestry of their origins.

Fortress Press. Different colors and type styles allow readers to easily identify each of the distinct sources, showcasing Friedman's highly acclaimed and dynamic translation.

Oral Tradition in Ancient Israel: Biblical Performance Criticism

Wipf & Stock Pub - The epilogue treats the contentious topic of historicity and shows that orally derived texts are not more historically reliable than other texts in the Bible. Miller reconstructs what ancient israelite oral literature would have been and considers criteria for identifying orally derived material in the narrative books of the Old Testament, marking several passages as highly probable oral derivations.

Providing a comprehensive study of "oral tradition" in Israel, this volume unpacks the nature of oral tradition, the form it would have taken in ancient Israel, and the remains of it in the narrative books of the Hebrew Bible. HarperOne. Fortress Press. Using ethnographic data and ancient Near Eastern examples, he proposes performance settings for this material.

Oral Tradition in Ancient Israel: Biblical Performance Criticism - Used book in Good Condition. The author presents cases of oral/written interaction that provide the best ethnographic analogies for ancient Israel and insights from these suggest a model of transmission in oral-written societies valid for ancient Israel.

Introduction to the Bible The Open Yale Courses Series

Yale University Press - Fortress Press. HarperOne. This book examines the small library of 24 books common to all Jewish and Christian Bibles―books that preserve the efforts of diverse writers over a span of many centuries to make sense of their personal experiences and those of their people, the ancient Israelites. Professor christine hayes guides her readers through the complexities of this polyphonous literature that has served as a foundational pillar of Western civilization, underscoring the variety and even disparities among the voices that speak in the biblical texts.

Biblical authors wrote in many contexts and responded to a sweeping range of crises and questions concerning issues that were political, philosophical, economic, religious, historical, cultural, and moral. Yale University Press. Used book in Good Condition. In probing chapters devoted to each of the 24 books of the Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament, Hayes reconstructs the meanings and messages of each book and encourages a deeper appreciation of the historical and cultural settings of ancient biblical literature.