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The Old Testament World (Continuum Collection) Paperback – 31 May 2005

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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: T & T Clark International; New edition edition (31 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0567084884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0567084880
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 692,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'...provides essential background information about Israel's culture, institutions and literature, as well as valuable insights into the geographical and ecological context, and the wider history of the Middle East in the second and first millennia BC...reader-friendly guide'--Sanford Lakoff "Tls "

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Philip R. Davies is Professor of Biblical Studies in the University of Sheffield, UK. Professor John Rogerson is a former head of the department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Sheffield and Canon Emeritus of Sheffield Cathedral.


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I find the book very easy to read and comprehend as one view of the background to the Hebrew Scriptures. It goes through the history of these writings based on Davies modern scholarship. It may not be everyone's cup of tea - especially for those of us who DO take the Bible as the inspired word of God in the original autographs. NB: Isaiah 55: 11 "So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." God bless you.
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The content is good but the paper and the printing for the money is dreadful. The font looks as if it was printed using a matrix dot printer from the 80's. Terrible when you consider the cost. I am a bible student and money is very tight come on and print this properly for the money. It is very difficult to read for a long time unless you have a good light and patience. Not a good buy... yet.
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I found this book to be hugely informative (deserving five stars for what it deals with), and hugely misleading (because of what it leaves out, and so deserving only one star, because overall it fails). I give it two reluctant stars.

The Product Description is very informative: "[T]his unique introduction ... seeks ... to illuminate the literature of the Old Testament by showing how it was shaped by the events, social structures, and religions and intellectual ideas of the ancient civilizations and cultures in which it was produced ... Rather than a conventional canonical-theological approach, it offers an approach for those interested in the Old Testament as a monumental cultural achievement ... and requires a minimum of prior knowledge or expertise." [The last clause doesn't seem accurate to me: considerable "prior knowledge and expertise" are required, since the book is seeking to replace the centuries-long paradigm of OT scholarship with a new one, beginning from the end of the eighteenth century but rapidly accelerating post-World-War-II and from the turn of the 20th/21st centuries.]

The first three chapters deal with the 'Geography and Ecology of Ancient Palestine', the 'Social Organisation', and 'The Peoples of the Old Testament World'. All very necessary, and well explained.

Part II, 'The History and Religion of Israel', begins to come to the nitty-gritty of what we are really studying: Israel itself, though always with the background acknowledgment of its being one among the nations.
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very interesting book expains a lot of things you'd not really know.
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