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Behind the Scenes of the Old Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts
Greer, Jonathan S., John W. Hilber and John H. Walton, editors

Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2018 pp. xix + 615. $49.99


Description: This authoritative volume brings together a team of world-class scholars to cover the full range of Old Testament backgrounds studies in a concise, up-to-date, and comprehensive manner. With expertise in various subdisciplines of Old Testament backgrounds, the authors illuminate the cultural, social, and historical contexts of the world behind the Old Testament. They introduce readers to a wide range of background materials, covering history, geography, archaeology, and ancient Near Eastern textual and iconographic studies. Meant to be used alongside traditional literature-based canonical surveys, this one-stop introduction to Old Testament backgrounds fills a gap in typical introduction to the Bible courses. It contains over 100 illustrations, including photographs, line drawings, maps, charts, and tables, which will facilitate its use in the classroom. Contributors include Peter Altmann, Elizabeth Arnold, Richard E. Averbeck, David W. Baker, William D. Barker, Daniel Bodi, Oded Borowski, Annie F. Caubet, Mark W. Chavalas, Margaret E. Cohen, Izak Cornelius, Andrews R. Davis, David C. Deuel, David A. Falk, Avraham Faust, Nili S. Fox, Janling Fu, Daniel Fuks, Deirdre N. Fulton, Constance E. Gane, Roy E. Gane, Seymour Gitin, Judith M. Hadley, Christopher B. Hays, Richard S. Hess, Sara L. Hoffman, Mark D. Janzen, Kyle H. Keimer, Gerald A. Klingbeil, Jens Bruun Kofoed, Yigal Levin, Thomas E. Levy, Brady Liss, Gloria London, Matthew J. Lynch, Aren M. Maeir, Nimrod Marom, Victor H. Matthews, Amihai Mazar, Carol Meyers, Adam E. Miglio, Alice Mouton, Gregory D. Mumford, Steven M. Ortiz, Paul Overland, Thomas D. Petter, Pekka Pitkšnen, Carl G. Rasmussen, Kenneth A. Ristau, Ryan N. Roberts, Jordan Ryan, D. Brent Sandy, Mark Schwartz, Cynthia Shafer-Elliott, Nili Shupak, Ryan E. Stokes, Brent A. Strawn, Juan Manuel Tebes, Joe Uziel, Joshua T. Walton, Eric L. Welch, Joel Willitts, Laura Wright, Paul H. Wright, and K. Lawson Younger Jr.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Ancient Near Eastern History, History of Israel, Persian Period, History of Judaism, Greco-Roman Period, Archaeology

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Review by Leslie Hoppe
Published 10/24/2019
Citation: Leslie Hoppe, review of Jonathan S. Greer, John W. Hilber, and John H. Walton, eds., Behind the Scenes of the Old Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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