The World around the Old Testament

The People and Places of the Ancient Near East

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Editor(s): 
Bill T. Arnold, Brent A. Strawn
  • Grand Rapids, MI: 
    Baker Academic
    , November
     2016.
     560 pages.
     $49.99.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9780801039188.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Jeffrey Hudon forthcoming.

Description

Leading Experts Introduce the People and Contexts of the Old Testament

What people groups interacted with ancient Israel? Who were the Hurrians and why do they matter? What do we know about the Philistines, the Egyptians, the Amorites, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, and others?

In this up-to-date volume, leading experts introduce the peoples and places of the world around the Old Testament, 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.

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.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Bill T. Arnold (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is Paul S. Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is the author or editor of more than a dozen books, including Ancient Israel's HistoryWho Were the Babylonians?Encountering the Old TestamentEncountering the Book of GenesisDictionary of the Old Testament: Historical BooksA Guide to Biblical Hebrew Syntax, and a commentary on 1 and 2 Samuel.

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