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The Bible has had an immeasurable influence on Western culture, touching on virtually every aspect of our lives. It is one of the great wellsprings of Western religious, ethical, and philosophical traditions. It has been an endless source of inspiration to artists, from classic works such as Michaelangelo's Last Judgment, Handel's Messiah, or Milton's Paradise Lost, to modern works such as Thomas Mann's Joseph and His Brothers or Martin Scorsese's controversial Last Temptation of Christ. For countless generations, it has been a comfort in suffering, a place to reflect on the mysteries of birth, death, and immortality. Its stories and characters are an integral part of the repertoire of every educated adult, forming an enduring bond that spans thousands of years and embraces a vast community of believers and nonbelievers.

The Oxford Companion to the Bible provides an authoritative one-volume reference to the people, places, events, books, institutions, religious belief, and secular influence of the Bible. Written by more than 250 scholars from some 20 nations and embracing a wide variety of perspectives, the Companion offers over seven hundred entries, ranging from brief identifications--who is Dives? where is Pisgah?--to extensive interpretive essays on topics such as the influence of the Bible on music or law.

Ranging far beyond the scope of a traditional Bible dictionary, the Companion features, in addition to its many informative, factual entries, an abundance of interpretive essays. Here are extended entries on religious concepts from immortality, sin, and grace, to baptism, ethics, and the Holy Spirit. The contributors also explore biblical views of modern issues such as homosexuality, marriage, and anti-Semitism, and the impact of the Bible on the secular world (including a four-part article on the Bible's influence on literature).

Of course, the Companion can also serve as a handy reference, the first place to turn to find factual information on the Bible. Readers will find fascinating, informative articles on all the books of the Bible--including the Apocrypha and many other ancient texts, such as the Dead Sea Scrolls, Pseudepigrapha, and the Mishrah. Virtually every figure who walked across the biblical stage is identified here, ranging from Rebekah, Rachel, and Mary, to Joseph, Barabbas, and Jesus. The Companion also offers entries that shed light on daily life in ancient Israel and the earliest Christian communities, with fascinating articles on feasts and festivals, clothing, medicine, units of time, houses, and furniture. Finally, there are twenty-eight pages of full-color maps, providing an accurate, detailed portrait of the biblical world.

A vast compendium of information related to scriptures, here is an ideal complement to the Bible, an essential volume for every home and library, the first place to turn for information on the central book of Western culture.

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A comprehensive reference to the people, places, events, books, institutions, religious beliefs, and secular influences of the Bible. Written by over 250 scholars from some 20 nations who embrace a variety of perspectives, the Companion offers approximately 700 entries ranging from brief identifications to long interpretive essays on topics as varied as the influence of the Bible on literature, music, and the law. For reference or relaxation, this becomes the family/library Companion to own.
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The Bible has had an immeasurable influence on Western culture, touching on virtually every aspect of our lives. This authoritative one-volume reference to the people, places, events, books, and secular influence of the Bible was written by over 250 scholars from 20 nations. Full-color map section.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 831-833) and indexes.

About the Author

Bruce M. Metzger is George L. Collord Professor Emeritus of New Testament Language and Literature, Princeton Theological Seminary. A recognised authority on the text of the New Testament, he was chairperson of the NRSV Bible Committee, which produced the New Revised Standard Version, and he was co-editor (with Roland E. Murphy) of The New Oxford Annotated Bible.

Michael D. Coogan is Professor of Religious Studies at Stonehill College.

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KIER8, February 18, 2009 (view all comments by KIER8)
Perhaps the best one volume reference to have next to your Bible is the 874 page "The Oxford Companion to the Bible". Published by Oxford University and edited by Bruce Metzger [Professor of New Testament Languages and Literature, Princeton Theological Seminary] Michael Coogan [Professor of Religious Studies,Stonehill College] the concise but comprehensive and lucid articles, composed by over 250 international scholars, will raise your Bible studies to new levels. The 14 maps, bibligoraphy and index further enhance this book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780195046458
Author:
Bruce M. Metzger and Michael D. Coogan
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Editor:
Metzger, Bruce M.
Editor:
Coogan, Michael D.
Author:
null, Bruce M.
Author:
null, Michael David
Author:
Coogan, Michael David
Author:
Metzger, Bruce M.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Dictionaries
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Biblical Reference - General
Subject:
Theology | Biblical Studies | Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
Subject:
Religion and Theology | Biblical Studies | Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
Subject:
Religion & Theology | Biblical Studies | Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
Subject:
Christianity-Biblical Reference
Subject:
Bible - General
Copyright:
Series Volume:
9469
Publication Date:
19931031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
932
Dimensions:
6.6 x 9 x 2.1 in 3.469 lb

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