The Bible in History

Author: Robert B. Waltz
Publisher: Robert B. Waltz
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The Bible in History. A study of the history, folklore, and occasionally even the mathematics underlying the Bible. A sort of dictionary of scholarly material you likely won’t find elsewhere. Dedicated to Elizabeth Rosenberg, Patricia Rosenberg, and Catie Jo Pidel. Please understand that this is not a Biblical commentary. Also, while I try very hard to avoid actual theological discussions, the work is very much based on "external evidence" -- the manuscripts of the Bible, the evidence of other historical records, the findings of science, the folklore about the Bible. Some of this can be offensive to some, particularly those who try to find exact literal truth in the Bible. I hope you will accept it (or else not read it :-) in that light. If you are still interested, there is a lot of historical background about the Bible here -- not always direct links to the Bible, but the context of the nations among whom the Israelites lived. There is no Biblical mention of (say) Nabopolassar of Babylon, but his actions would deeply influence Judean history. Knowing even a little of that history can help understand the Bible. Also, where there are variant readings in the manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible or the New Testament, I note it. This may mean that we are uncertain what the Bible says -- and hence what it means. I try either to recover the original meaning or, in some cases, to assess the meanings of both readings. And then there are the tidbits of science and folklore and anything else I can think of.... The result is a grab bag. Some parts may be useful, some may not. The idea is to browse and see what strikes your fancy. With luck, you'll understand more about the Bible after doing so.

Why Believe the Bible

Author: John MacArthur
Publisher: Gospel Light Publications
ISBN: 9780830745647
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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With the authority of the Bible being questioned by many in today’s society and the need for solid, biblical teaching, the timeliness of Why Believe the Bible is apparent. The esteemed Bible teacher John MacArthur examines many common questions about the Bible in this practical examination of the authority, infallibility and trustworthiness of God’s Word. Readers will come to desire a deeper Bible study time after reading “Can We Really Take God’s Word for It?” “What Does God’s Word Do for You?” and “How to Get the Most from God’s Word.” For new Christians and those wanting to brush up on the basic truths of the Bible, Why Believe the Bible features a Bible reading plan with study tips and an appendix with helpful tools for Bible study.

Understanding the Exodus and Other Mysteries of Jewish History

Author: S. B. Segall
Publisher: Etz Haim Press
ISBN: 9780974046105
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This book describes the origin and evolution of the Jewish religion from the period leading up to the Exodus to the establishment of Jewish kingdoms in eastern and central Europe during the Middle Ages - a period of about 2500 years. It describes the influence of other religions on Judaism and the influence of Judaism on other monotheistic religions. In particular, the evolution of Christianity from a Jewish sect to an independent religion is described.

Canaan and Israel in Antiquity A Textbook on History and Religion

Author: K. L. Noll
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 0567441172
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This comprehensive classic textbook represents the most recent approaches to the biblical world by surveying Palestine's social, political, economic, religious and ecological changes from Palaeolithic to Roman eras. Designed for beginners with little knowledge of the ancient world, and with copious illustrations and charts, it explains how and why academic study of the past is undertaken, as well as the differences between historical and theological scholarship and the differences between ancient and modern genres of history writing. Classroom tested chapters emphasize the authenticity of the Bible as a product of an ancient culture, and the many problems with the biblical narrative as a historical source. Neither "maximalist" nor "minimalist'" it is sufficiently general to avoid confusion and to allow the assignment of supplementary readings such as biblical narratives and ancient Near Eastern texts. This new edition has been fully revised, incorporating new graphics and English translations of Near Eastern inscriptions. New material on the religiously diverse environment of Ancient Israel taking into account the latest archaeological discussions brings this book right up to date.