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The New Cambridge History of the Bible

Volume 1. From the Beginnings to 600

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Geoffrey Khan, Jan Joosten, William Schniedewind, Larry Hurtado, Chris Keith, Eugene Ulrich, Joachim Schaper, John Barton, John J. Collins, Günther Stemberger, Robert Hayward, Jonathan G. Campbell, Kristin De Troyer, William Horbury, James W. Watts, E. Tov, Joseph Verheyden, David Parker, Keith Elliott, Dale C. Allison, P.-M. Bogaert, Peter Williams, Wolf-Peter Funk, James Carleton Paget, Winrich Löhr, Gilles Dorival, Michael J. Hollerich, Adam Kamesar, Carol Harrison, J. F. Coakley, Mark Edwards, Frances Young, Wolfram Kinzig, Mark Elliott, Thomas Graumann, Gerard Rouwhorst, Lucy Grig
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  • 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.

    • Chapters are written by scholars from a wide variety of backgrounds, representative of the best of current scholarship
    • Essays by leading authorities offer a reliable overview of the topic in a field where secondary comment is extensive and complex
    • Provides an in-depth history of the Bible in a manageable handbook format, useful to researchers and students alike
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    Awards

    • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2013

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    "Clearly and authoritatively written by three-dozen widely recognized specialists, this superb collection divides into five parts: 'Languages, Writing Systems, and Book Production'; 'The Hebrew Bible and Old Testaments'; 'The New Testament'; 'Biblical Versions other than the Hebrew and the Greek'; and 'The Reception of the Bible in the Post-New Testament Period' … With a full array of indexes, this volume is perfect for advanced undergraduates through seasoned researchers. All libraries serving such individuals will want at least one copy of this book, along with the three others … that make up this series … Highly recommended …"
    L. J. Greenspoon, Choice

    "Just as the original became a standard work of reference, a must for all scholarly libraries, so too should this successor, as both then and now the contributors are all scholars of the front rank, and we are offered a fresh guide to the ‘state of the art’ in biblical study and the history of biblical reception in antiquity."
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  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Part I. Languages, Writing Systems and Book Production:
    1. The language of the Old Testament Geoffrey Khan
    2. Varieties of Greek in the Septuagint and the New Testament Jan Joosten
    3. Writing and book production in the Ancient Near East William Schniedewind
    4. Writing and book production in the Hellenistic and Roman periods Larry Hurtado and Chris Keith
    Part II. The Hebrew Bible and Old Testaments:
    5. The text of the Hebrew Bible and its transmission Eugene Ulrich
    6. The literary history of the Hebrew Bible Joachim Schaper
    7. The Old Testament Canons John Barton
    8. The 'Apocryphal' Old Testament John J. Collins
    9. From inner biblical exegesis to Rabbinic exegesis Günther Stemberger
    10. The Aramaic Targums Robert Hayward
    11. Biblical interpretation in Qumran Jonathan G. Campbell
    12. The Septuagint Kristin De Troyer
    13. Biblical interpretation in Greek Jewish writings William Horbury
    14. Scripture in the Jerusalem temple Robert Hayward
    15. The political and legal uses of scripture James W. Watts
    16. Modern editions of the Hebrew Bible E. Tov
    Part III. The New Testament:
    17. The New Testament Canon Joseph Verheyden
    18. The New Testament text and versions David Parker
    19. The 'Apocryphal' New Testament Keith Elliott
    20. The Old Testament in the New Testament Dale C. Allison
    Part IV. Biblical Versions other than the Hebrew and the Greek:
    21. The Latin Bible P.-M. Bogaert
    22. The Syriac versions of the Bible Peter Williams
    23. The translation of the Bible into Coptic Wolf-Peter Funk
    Part V. The Reception of the Bible in the Post-New Testament Period:
    24. The interpretation of the Bible in the second century James Carleton Paget
    25. Gnostic and Manichean interpretation Winrich Löhr
    26. Origen Gilles Dorival
    27. Eusebius Michael J. Hollerich
    28. Jerome Adam Kamesar
    29. Augustine Carol Harrison
    30. Syriac exegesis J. F. Coakley
    31. Figurative readings: their scope and justification Mark Edwards
    32. Traditions of exegesis Frances Young
    33. Pagans and the Bible Wolfram Kinzig
    34. Exegetical genres in the Patristic era Mark Elliott
    35. The Bible in doctrinal development and Christian councils Thomas Graumann
    36. The Bible in liturgy Gerard Rouwhorst
    37. The Bible in popular and non-literary culture Lucy Grig
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    Indices.

  • Editors

    James Carleton Paget, University of Cambridge
    James Carleton Paget is senior lecturer in New Testament at the University of Cambridge and Fellow and Tutor at Peterhouse College. He is the author of The Epistle of Barnabas (1994) and of Jews, Christians and Jewish Christians in Antiquity (2010).

    Joachim Schaper, University of Aberdeen
    Joachim Schaper is professor in Hebrew, Old Testament and Early Jewish Studies at the University of Aberdeen. He is the author of Eschatology in the Greek Psalter (1995), Priester und Leviten im achämenidischen Juda (2000), Wie der Hirsch lechzt nach frischem Wasser (2004) and editor of Die Textualisierung der Religion (2009).

    Contributors

    Geoffrey Khan, Jan Joosten, William Schniedewind, Larry Hurtado, Chris Keith, Eugene Ulrich, Joachim Schaper, John Barton, John J. Collins, Günther Stemberger, Robert Hayward, Jonathan G. Campbell, Kristin De Troyer, William Horbury, James W. Watts, E. Tov, Joseph Verheyden, David Parker, Keith Elliott, Dale C. Allison, P.-M. Bogaert, Peter Williams, Wolf-Peter Funk, James Carleton Paget, Winrich Löhr, Gilles Dorival, Michael J. Hollerich, Adam Kamesar, Carol Harrison, J. F. Coakley, Mark Edwards, Frances Young, Wolfram Kinzig, Mark Elliott, Thomas Graumann, Gerard Rouwhorst, Lucy Grig

    Awards

    • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2013

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