The New Cambridge History of the Bible: From the Beginnings to 600
Paget, James Carleton and Joachim Schaper, editors
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013 pp. xxvii + 979. Volume 1 $190
Description: Recent years have witnessed significant discoveries of texts and artefacts relevant to the study of the Old and New Testaments and remarkable shifts in scholarly methods of study. The present volume mirrors the increasing specialization of Old Testament studies, including the Hebrew and Greek Bibles, and reflects rich research activity that has unfolded over the last four decades in Pentateuch theory, Septuagint scholarship, Qumran studies and early Jewish exegesis of biblical texts. The second half of the volume discusses the period running from the New Testament to 600, including chapters on the Coptic, Syriac and Latin bibles, the 'Gnostic' use of the scriptures, pagan engagement with the Bible, the use of the Bible in Christian councils and in popular and non-literary culture. A fascinating in-depth account of the reception of the Bible in the earliest period of its history.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, New Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Other History, History of Interpretation
Review by J. Christopher Edwards
Citation: J. Christopher Edwards, review of James Carleton Paget And Joachim Schaper, eds., The New Cambridge History of the Bible: From the Beginnings to 600, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).
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