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A Short History of the Jewish People: From Legendary   Times to Modern StatehoodA Short History of the Jewish People: From Legendary Times to Modern Statehood
Raymond P. Scheindlin
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This comorehensive but handy volume introduces us to the major geographical, curtural, and political forces that have determined the course of Jewish history. We meet here the many individuals, both religious and secular, who have shaped the character, mindset, and prospects of today's Jews across the globe. Organized chronologically, the narrative follows the Jewish experience from legendary times to the peace agreements that are currently being negotiated in the Middle East. To give his overview an international and timely perspective, Raymond P. Scheindlin focuses his study on the pivotal events and dominant communities with each historical period.

A Jew TodayA Jew Today
Elie Wiesel, Marion Weisel
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In this powerful and wide-ranging collection of essays, letters and diary entries, weaving together all the periods of the author's life - from his childhood in Transylvania to Auschwitz and Buchenwald, Paris, New York - Elis Wiesel, acclaimed as one of the most gifted and sensitive writers of our time, probes, from the particular point of view of his Jewishness, such central moral and political issues as Zionism and the Middle East conflict, Solzhenitsyn and Soviet anti-Semitism, the obligations of American Jews toward Israel, the Holocaust and its cheapening in the media.

O JerusalemO Jerusalem
Marc H. Ellis

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This century has bequeathed to the Jewish people a series of events "with horrific and startling consequences" including the Holocaust, the birth of the state of Israel, and now a powerful military state capable of defense against outsiders and repression of Palestines. In this new context, the history and identity of the Jewish people are being decisively transformed and reinterprted. What is their destiny? In this "struggle for the heart and soul of the Jewish people" Ellis asks. "Are there religious ideals, intellectual concepts, and political movements...that will help Jews confront the history we are creating, calling us toward justice?" Ellis finds that dynamic center in the covenant, symbolized by Jerusalem. His book offers a renewed theology of the covenant and its justice dimensions, its present "exile" and its future in revolutionary forgiveness. Raising profound questions for Jews and Christians, Ellis persuasively argues that authentically embracing the covenant first entails justice--most immediately for the Palestinian people.

Jew and Gentile in the Ancient WorldJew and Gentile in the Ancient World
Louis Feldman

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This book began with a question: How can we explain why the Jews in antiquity--so bitterly hated, as so many scholars have insisted--succeeded in winning so many adherents, whether as 'sympathizers' who observed one or more Jewish practices or as full-fledged proselytes?

Dictionary of the Old Testament Wisdom, Poetry and Writings:  A Compendium of Contemporary Biblical ScholarshipDictionary of the Old Testament Wisdom, Poetry and Writings: A Compendium of Contemporary Biblical Scholarship
Tremper Longman III, Peter Enns
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2009 Christianity Today Merit Award winner!
2009 Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) Christian Book Award winner!

The Old Testament books of wisdom and poetry carry themselves differently from those of the Pentateuch, the histories or the prophets. The divine voice does not peal from Sinai, there are no narratives carried along by prophetic interpretation nor are oracles declaimed by a prophet. Here Scripture often speaks in the words of human response to God and God's world. The hymns, laments and thanksgivings of Israel, the dirge of Lamentations, the questionings of Qohelet, the love poetry of the Song of Songs, the bold drama of Job and the proverbial wisdom of Israel all offer their textures to this great body of biblical literature. Then too there are the finely crafted stories of Ruth and Esther that narrate the silent providence of God in the course of Israelite and Jewish lives.

This third Old Testament volume in InterVarsity Press's celebrated IVP Bible Dictionary series offers nearly 150 articles covering all the important aspects of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Psalms, Song of Songs, Lamentations, Ruth and Esther. With over ninety contributors, this volume maintains the quality of scholarship that students, scholars and pastors have come to expect from all volumes in this series. Coverage of each biblical book includes an introduction to the book itself as well as separate articles on its ancient Near Eastern context and its history of interpretation. Additional articles amply explore the literary dimensions of Hebrew poetry and prose, including acrostic, ellipsis, inclusio, intertextuality, parallelism and rhyme. Furthermore, there are well-rounded treatments of Israelite wisdom and wisdom literature, including wisdom poems, sources and theology. A wide range of interpretive approaches is canvassed in articles on hermeneutics, feminist interpretation, form criticism, historical criticism, rhetorical criticism and social-scientific approaches.

The Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry & Writings is sure to command shelf space within arm's reach of any student, teacher or preacher working in this portion or any area of biblical literature. Leading OT scholars Tremper Longman III and Peter E. Enns edit this collection of 148 articles by 90 contributors.

  • Third Old Testament volume in InterVarsity Press's award-winning and groundbreaking Bible Dictionary series
  • 148 articles covering all aspects of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Lamentations, Ruth and Esther
  • Over 90 expert contributors
  • Coverage of each biblical book, including separate articles on ancient Near Eastern background and the history of interpretation of each book
  • Full coverage of literary dimensions of poetry and prose
  • scholarly treatments of Israelite wisdom and Wisdom literature
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What Did the Ancient Israelites Eat? Diet in Biblical TimesWhat Did the Ancient Israelites Eat? Diet in Biblical Times
Nathan MacDonald
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You may have heard of Bible-based diets or eating in the manner of Jesus---but how much do we really know? MacDonald sifts through all relevant evidence---biblical, archaeological, anthropological, and environmental---to uncover what ancient peoples actually ate and how healthy their diets were. In this work of scholarship, MacDonald dispels a number of misconceptions.

The Exodus from Egypt: Moses and God's MercyThe Exodus from Egypt: Moses and God's Mercy
John MacArthur
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Lace up your sandals for a 12-lesson learning expedition! Tackling one of the most beloved Bible stories, MacArthur takes an in-depth look at this tumultuous time for the ancient Israelites, revealing its historical significance. You'll connect with Moses, Aaron, Jacob, and Caleb; and explore major themes of service to God, and justice vs. mercy. 128 pages, softcover from Nelson.

Stephen: Paul and the Hellenist IsraelitesStephen: Paul and the Hellenist Israelites
John J. Pilch
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It is difficult to appreciate how Stephen qualifies as a friend of someone who attended and approved of his murder (Acts 7:58; 22:20). Yet Stephen belonged to the very group of Israelites to whom Paul later brought the Good News: the Hellenists. These Israelites lived mainly outside of Palestine, thoroughly acculturated in the Greek language and culture of their habitat, and they practiced their traditions in a very modified way. These modifications created great difficulty for Stephen and other Hellenists who resumed residence in Jerusalem, as we read in Acts 6-7. In this account we learn who Stephen was, what he said, and how he died-all things that made a huge impression on Paul. That experience set the stage for Paul's commissioning by the risen Jesus to evangelize Hellenists (Acts 9). In Stephen: Paul and the Hellenist Israelites, John J. Pilch reflects on Stephen as a Hellenist Israelite, a collectivistic person, a "deacon" (the word does not appear in Acts), and one who true to his tradition communicates with the world of God in alternate states of consciousness. Paul has much in common with Stephen, so to know Stephen is to gain a better understanding of Paul.

Studying the Ancient IsraelitesStudying the Ancient Israelites
Victor H. Matthews

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As students seek an understanding of ancient Israel and the ancient Near East , they are confronted with a variety of competing opinions and methods regarding the culture, history, sociology, and geography of the biblical story. Does archaeology 'prove' the Bible? Is the Bible history, and if so, what kind? How should the Old Testament be approached as literature? Studying the Ancient Israelites provides a guide to the tools, methods, and goals of the study of ancient Israel. The book also examines the insights that can be gained from geography, archaeology, literary study, sociology, and historiography as well as the limitations of each of these disciplines.

Victor H. Matthews (Ph.D., Brandeis University) is associate dean of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs and professor of religious studies at Missouri State University. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books, including Old Testament Turning Points, Manners and Customs in the Bible, The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Genesis-Deuteronomy, The Old Testament: Text and Context, and A Brief History of Ancient Israel.

Israelite Religions: An Archaeological and Biblical SurveyIsraelite Religions: An Archaeological and Biblical Survey
Richard S. Hess
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Richard Hess provides this accessible account of the discovery of archaeological and textual materials and the debates that have arisen over their importance for biblical studies. After a general introduction to the study of religion, he surveys the field with regard to ancient Israelite and pre-Israelite western Semitic religious traditions. Hess then turns to consider the biblical literature and how other documentary evidence might enlarge our understanding of ancient Israelite religious practices and beliefs. One of the central scholarly debates concerns the question of when the Israelites developed their monotheistic impulse. After examining the evidence, Hess argues for the early establishment of the monotheistic tradition in ancient Israel.

Richard S. Hess (Ph.D., Hebrew Union College) is professor of Old Testament at Denver Seminary. He is the author or editor of a dozen titles, including Israel's Messiah in the Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls and commentaries on the Song of Songs and Joshua.


Stories from Ancient CanaanStories from Ancient Canaan
Michael David Coogan, ed. & trans.
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(PUBWestminster/John Knox)"The first popularly written, one-volume translation of all four major oral Ugaritic myths---Aqhat, The Healers, Kirta, and Baal. Lively and accurate introduction into the world of the ancient Israelites and their neighbors,"---Biblical Archaeology Review. 120 pages, softcover.


Prophecy and Society in Ancient IsraelProphecy and Society in Ancient Israel
R.R. Wilson

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In this book Wilson attempts to achieve two goals. One, to present a fairly comprehensive survey of ancient and modern comparative evidence relevant to the study of biblical prophecy. He provides a study of recent anthropological studies on the subject without trying to relate it directly to the Israelite prophets. And second, to illustrate one way in which modern comparative material might be used to explore the problem of prophecy and society in Israel.

Myth & Mystery: An Introduction to the Pagan ReligionsMyth & Mystery: An Introduction to the Pagan Religions
Jack Finegan

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What other "gods" surrounded the ancient Israelites and early Christians? Join this well-known author and professor of New Testament history and archaeology as he examines nine pagan religions from biblical times: Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Zoroastrian, Canaanite, Greek, Roman, Gnostic, Mandaean, and Manichaean. You'll explore their beliefs, practices, writings, and their effect on biblical faiths.

A Dictionary of Jewish-Christian RelationsA Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations
Edward Kessler(Editor) & Neil Wenborn(Editor)

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"More than 700 alphabetical entries range in length from a few paragraphs to two or three pages. They include biographies, events, places, publications, theology, and broad ideas. Unique in its attempt to take concepts and examine how they are used in Christian and Jewish contexts, searching for common threads,"---Booklist. 544 pages, softcover. Cambridge University.

The Complete Works of Flavius JosephusThe Complete Works of Flavius Josephus
Translated by William Whiston
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Oft-cited by biblical scholars, Josephus's works are now offered in a beautifully illustrated volume. Includes The Antiquities of the Jews; The History of the Jewish Wars; The Life of Flavius Josephus; Three Dissertations on Jesus Christ, John the Baptist, James the Just; and Sequel to the History of the Jewish Wars. Features 60 full-page engravings. 976 pages, hardcover from Attic.

The Jewish FestivalsThe Jewish Festivals
Hayyim Schauss
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THE JEWISH FESTIVALS provides a rich and charming account of the origins, development, and symbolism of the Jewish holidays, and of the diverse rituals, prayers, ceremonial objects, and special foods that have been used throughout history and around the world to celebrate them. Drawing upon a wealth of knowledge of Jewish folkways and customs, Hayyim Schauss shows how these holidays evolved in meaning and importance, depending on the contemporary needs of those who observed them.

God Dwells with His PeopleGod Dwells with His People
Paul Zehr

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The author's carefully researched study on the tabernacle of the Old Testament draws from both Christian and Jewish sources. He not only probes the nature of the construction of the tabernacle by the people of Israel, but also explores its theological meaning from the Old and New Testaments.

Jewish People, Jewish Thought: The Jewish Experience inJewish People, Jewish Thought: The Jewish Experience in
Robert M. Seltzer

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In this work, I have attempted to survery the Jewish historical landscape and orient the reader to its main features, opening up for him access to the rich scholarly literature on Jewish history, theology, philosophy, mysticism, and social thought that has been produced in the last century and a half. The subject of every section of every chapter involves the lifework of several researchers. Within the limits of the space available to me I have tried to provide a reasonably detailed introduction to a complex, ramified, and intellectually challenging field of humanistic learning.


Paul, the Law, & the Jewish PeoplePaul, the Law, & the Jewish People
E.P. Sanders
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An examination of Paul's thoughts about the law and his own people with new awareness and great care

Paul, the Law and the Jewish People is devoted both to the problem of Paul's view of the law as a whole, and to his thought about and relation to his fellow Jews. Building upon his previous study, the critically acclaimed Paul and Palestinian Judaism, E.P. Sanders explores Paul's Jewishness by concentrating on his overall relationship to Jewish tradition and thought. Sanders addresses such topics as Paul's use of scripture, the degree to which he was a practicing Jew during his career as apostle to the Gentiles, and his thoughts about his "kin by race" who did not accept Jesus as the Messiah.


The Israel of God: Yesterday, Today, and TomorrowThe Israel of God: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
O. Palmer Robertson
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Is the modern state of Israel the fulfillment of ancient prophecy? Are Jewish people saved by virtue of being God's chosen people? These important questions affect our theology, evangelism, missions-even our politics. Palmer Robertson carefully and clearly takes us to the Bible to answer these and other questions. His masterful exegesis of Hebrews 7 and Romans 11 alone are worth the price of this book.

Heart Of Hebrew HistoryHeart Of Hebrew History
H.I. Hester
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Aimed especially at undergraduates, this text lucidly covers all of the bases so the reader becomes increasingly aware of pivotal points in Israel's history. Archaeology, literary texts, geography, and historical backgrounds illumine how God viewed the recalcitrant behavior of his chosen people. 334 pages, hardcover. Broadman & Holman.

The Law of the Offerings: The Five Tabernacle Offerings and Their Spiritual SignificanceThe Law of the Offerings: The Five Tabernacle Offerings and Their Spiritual Significance
Andrew Jukes
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This is a classic work on the Old Testament offerings and their significance for the New Testament believer. Andrew Jukes explores the offerings of Leviticus as types of Christ's work in providing for the believer's access to and fellowship with God. As Jukes observes, "Leviticus begins after redemption is known, and speaks of things connected with the access of a chosen people of these types."
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