An Introduction to the Bible: Sacred Texts and Imperial Contexts

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John Wiley & Sons, 2010 M03 8 - 408 pages
This groundbreaking introduction to the Bible explores its emergence and development in the context of world history. It particularly focuses on the role of a number of empires in the formation of the biblical canon.

In addition to its comprehensive coverage, this book also integrates in an accessible way the most up-to-date work in the field. It traces the development of the Bible through its interaction with the empires of the time, from the Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, and Hellenistic empires, through to the Roman dominion. Topics explored include the formation of the Pentateuch, the development of the earliest Old Testament stories, the historical study of the gospel traditions surrounding Jesus; the influence of Roman rule in the provinces where Paul spent much of his ministry; and the interpretation of the biblical texts and their use by different faith communities.

Packed throughout with reader-friendly features including study questions, bibliographies, timelines, and illustrations and photos, this is a balanced and informed introduction.

Also available by David Carr: An Introduction to the Old Testament


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Chapter Overview
Major Periods in the Biblical Drama
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in Judah
Kuntillet Adjrud used by eighthcentury Israelites
Paul and his Letters in the Roman Colonial Context
Marks Story of Jesus in the Midst of Roman Retribution
Negotiating the Empire in LukeActs
Situating the Jesus Movement in the Roman Present
of a secondcentury ce emperor and his wife
Linking Past Present and Future
Turning Inward
Variations on Responses to Empire in other New Testament Writings
The Final Formation of the Jewish and Christian Bibles

Defining Community in the Wake of Destruction
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About the author (2010)

David M. Carr is Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at Union Theological Seminary in New York. His previous books include Reading the Fractures of Genesis: Historical and Literary Approaches (1996); The Erotic Word: Sexuality, Spirituality and the Bible (2003); and Writing on the Tablet of the Heart: Origins of Scripture and Literature (2005).

Colleen M. Conway is Professor of Religious Studies at Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey. Her books include Men and Women in the Fourth Gospel: Gender and Johannine Characterization (1999) and Behold the Man: Jesus and Greco Roman Masculinity (2008).

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