The Oxford Companion to the Bible

Here are extended entries on religious concepts from immortality, sin, and grace, to baptism, ethics, and the Holy Spirit.

The Oxford Companion to the Bible

The Oxford Companion to the Bible

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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The Oxford Companion to the Bible
Language: en
Pages: 932
Authors: Bruce M. Metzger, Michael David Coogan
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 1993-10-14 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

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,
The Oxford Companion to the Bible
Language: en
Pages: 874
Authors: M. Bruce Metzger
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 1993-09-11 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

Features interpretive articles on the Bible's impact on the Western world and its influence on literature, music, art, and law, as well as entries on each book of the Bible, the major figures, important events, and life in biblical times. 60,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo.
The Oxford Companion to Christian Thought
Language: en
Pages: 777
Authors: Adrian Hastings, Alistair Mason, Hugh Pyper
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2000-12-21 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

Entries explore the history of Christian thought from Catholic, Prostestant, and Orthodox perspectives, and discuss regional and national traditions, various denominations, theological topics, symbolism, and controversial issues.
The Oxford Companion to Archaeology
Language: en
Pages: 2128
Authors: Neil Asher Silberman
Categories: Reference
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012 - Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Since its publication in 1996, The Oxford Companion to Archaeology has firmly established itself as the standard reference work in the field of archaeology, selling nearly 15,000 copies to date and remaining a favorite among students, scholars, and anyone interested in archaeology. In 700 entries, the second edition provides thorough
The Oxford Companion to Christian Art and Architecture
Language: en
Pages: 596
Authors: Peter Murray, Linda Murray
Categories: Art
Type: BOOK - Published: 1998 - Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

From the soaring vaults of the Gothic cathedral, to Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, to Marc Chagall's majestic tapestries for the Knesset in Jerusalem, biblical stories and Christian themes form an integral part of our artistic heritage. But a lack of knowledge of the Bible, Christian doctrine, and church

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