An up-to-date volume comprised of thirteen essays from world-renowned scholars, The World Around the Old Testament tells the story of where the Old Testament is from, providing students with a fresh exploration of the ancient Near East. The contributors offer comprehensive orientations to the main cultures and people groups that surrounded ancient Israel in the wider ancient Near East, including not only Mesopotamia and the northern Levant but also Egypt, Arabia, and Greece. They also explore the contributions of each people group or culture to our understanding of the Hebrew Scriptures.
Contributions depicting the vital role played by ancient cultures: Amorites by Fleming; Assyria by Hays and Machinist; Babylonia by Vanderhooft; Ugarit by Smith; Egypt by LeMon; Hittites by Collins; Arameans by Younger, Jr.; Phoenicia by Rollston; Moabites by Burnett; Philistia by Ehrlich; Persia by Briant; Arabia by Graf; Greece by Burkert.
This supplementary text is organized by geographic region, making it especially suitable for the classroom and useful in a variety of Old Testament courses. Approximately eighty-five illustrative items are included throughout the book.
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