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Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library Upgrade (4 vols.)
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Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library Upgrade (4 vols.)

by 5 authors

Yale University Press 2012–2013


The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library is the third major component of the Anchor Yale Bible group, which also includes the Anchor Yale Bible and the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary. The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library is packed with supplemental biblical studies and cutting-edge research built on the most recent Bible scholarship. As with the Anchor Yale Bible and the Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary, the Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library aims to utilize a scholarly approach with a fair-minded and balanced perspective. The authors employ scientific methods with the desire to inform and enlighten the reader. Contributors are chosen on the basis of their scholarly skills and achievements, and they come from a variety of religious backgrounds and communities. The books in the Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library are intended for the broadest possible readership, ranging from world-class scholars, whose qualifications match those of the authors, to general readers who may not have special training in studying the specific disciplines but are as enthusiastic as any dedicated professional in expanding their knowledge of the Bible and its world.

The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Upgrade offers four recent additions to the series, exploring the Pentateuch, ancient Palestine, martyrdom, and the Jewish canon. Drawing from classic and contemporary biblical studies, these volumes offer groundbreaking scholarship.

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Key Features

  • Presents recent scholarship on the Pentateuch, ancient Palestine, martyrdom, and the Jewish canon
  • Draws from classic and contemporary studies
  • Utilizes a scholarly approach, balanced perspective, and scientific methods

Product Details

  • Title: Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library Upgrade
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Volumes: 4
  • Pages: 1,368

The Composition of the Pentateuch: Renewing the Documentary Hypothesis

  • Author: Joel S. Baden
  • Series: The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 392

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For over two centuries, the question of the composition of the Pentateuch has been among the most central and hotly debated issues in biblical studies. In this book, Joel Baden presents a fresh and comprehensive argument for the documentary hypothesis. Critically engaging both classic and contemporary scholarship, he fundamentally revises and reorients the documentary hypothesis. Interweaving historical and methodological chapters with detailed textual case studies, Baden provides a critical introduction to the history of Pentateuchal scholarship, discussions on the most pressing issues in the current debate, and a practical model for studying the biblical text.

An accessible defense of the documentary hypothesis by one of its leading proponents. Baden lays out the arguments of the theory in a clear manner, engaging in critical dialogue with alternate approaches while retaining the traditional source model in a refined manner. A book for students and scholars who are interested in the ongoing debates surrounding the most important part of the Hebrew Bible.

Konrad Schmid, professor, University of Zürich & Center of Theological Inquiry

A truly significant and must-read contribution to the study of the Pentateuch. Fully conversant with alternative models, it offers compelling new evidence and a refined methodology arguing that a documentary hypothesis is the most viable explanation for literary and conceptual variety found in the Pentateuch.

—David P. Wright, professor of Bible and the ancient Near East, Brandeis University

It should make a significant contribution to the field of Old Testament studies. Well-written, thoughtful, and precise. This is a work to be savored.

—Ronald Hendel, Norma and Sam Dabby Professor of Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies, University of California, Berkeley

[Baden’s] book is yet another bolstering of the long-dominant view of how the Bible's first books came to be written. And it is a respectful lesson in what our field needs most: method.

Richard Elliott Friedman, Ann and Jay Davis Professor of Jewish Studies, University of Georgia

Joel S. Baden is assistant professor of Old Testament at Yale Divinity School.

Alexander to Constantine: Archaeology of the Land of the Bible, Volume III

  • Authors: Eric Meyers and Mark A. Chancey
  • Series: The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 400

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Drawing on groundbreaking archaeological research, Eric M. Meyers and Mark A. Chancey re-narrate the history of ancient Palestine in this richly illustrated and expertly integrated book. Spanning from the conquest of Alexander the Great in the fourth century BC until the reign of the Roman emperor Constantine in the fourth century AD, they synthesize archaeological evidence with ancient literary sources to offer a sustained overview of the tumultuous intellectual and religious changes that impacted the Greco-Roman period.

This is a masterful, synthetic work, both erudite and readable. Archaeological material culture, epigraphic texts, numismatic evidence, and historical and literary texts are all elegantly handled and judiciously assessed. Professors Meyers and Chancey have produced a veritable sine qua non.

—Christopher A. Rollston, National Endowment for the Humanities Research Scholar, Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem

Magnificent—a major achievement for academics and non-academics alike! Meyers and Chancey unfold the entire material culture of ancient Palestine, the world of pagans, Jews and early Christians. Lavishly illustrated and a pleasure to read, this book sets standards for years to come.

—Jürgen Zangenberg, professor, Leiden University

Comprehensive and richly illustrated . . . an excellent overview of a tumultuous period in world history . . . A treasury of information coupled with brilliant insights, this book has much to offer scholar, student, and general reader alike.

Michael F. Bird, lecturer in theology, Crossway College

An impressive piece of work . . . a readable and informative overview of a field that has generated an enormous amount of new material just in the past 30 years.

—Morten Hørning Jensen, Biblical Archaeology Review

It is a most impressive piece of work.

J. W. Rogerson, Church Times

In this succinct but highly informative and authoritative account Meyers and Chancey have produced an overview that is refreshing in its concern to integrate archaeological finds with historical narrative. Richly illustrated, Alexander to Constantine will be a vade mecum for anyone interested in the material worlds of the Bible and the histories of Judaism and Christianity.

Bart Ehrman, James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Alexander to Constantine is an eminently fair and holistic vision of a formative period of Western Civilization. Beautifully written and illustrated, it offers a snap shot of contemporary scholarship, an entree into a world inhabited by the likes of not only Alexander and Constantine, but by Herod, Jesus, Hillel and Bar Kokhba.

—Steven Fine, professor of Jewish history, Yeshiva University

Eric M. Meyers is a three-time president of the American Schools of Oriental Research, and is Bernice and Morton Lerner Professor of Jewish Studies in Archaeology at Duke University. His other works include Haggai, Zechariah 1–8 in the Anchor Yale Bible Commentary series.

Mark A. Chancey is professor of religious studies at Southern Methodist University.

Ancient Christian Martyrdom: Diverse Practices, Theologies, and Traditions

  • Author: Candida R. Moss
  • Series: The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 272

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In this innovative new study, Candida Moss offers a radically new history of martyrdom in the first and second centuries that challenges traditional perspectives on the spread of Christianity and rethinks the nature of Christian martyrdom. Martyrdom, Moss shows, was not a single idea, theology, or practice: there were diverse perspectives and understandings of what it meant to die for Christ.

Candida Moss’ well written book puts the study of ancient martyrdom on a completely new footing by her questioning of received datings and persuasive insistence on the diversity of the sources, practices, and ideologies of martyrdom. It is a milestone in the field.

—Jan N. Bremmer, professor of religious studies, University of Groningen

This is a valuable study on a very important topic and offers a fresh reading of the pre-Decian martyr Acta by a brilliant young scholar who has taken the trouble to gain mastery of the scholarship in both English and German going back to the early modern period, and who is not afraid to go back to the first principles to re-assess the date and context of the sources.

—Kate Cooper, professor of ancient history, University of Manchester

Moss successfully overturns longstanding assumptions in reconfiguring our picture of pre-Decian Christian martyrdom, combining erudite awareness of divergent contexts with sophisticated analysis of important texts. Ancient Christian Martyrdom shows that we didn’t know what we thought we knew—but we now know more and see with fresh insight, thanks to her striking illumination of the vibrant, varied discourses of martyrdom in relationship to ancient Mediterranean attitudes about death, suffering, power, and order.

—Brad S. Gregory, author, Salvation at Stake: Christian Martyrdom in Early Modern Europe

An insightful new history of early Christian martyrdoms and the social realities that shaped them. Tertullian's famous line that the blood of martyrs was the foundation of the Christian Church takes on new dimensions as Professor Moss carefully traces the complex history of the death of Christian witnesses from the second century through Constantine. This volume will make an important contribution to our understanding of the early church.

Harold Attridge, Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament, Yale University

Intriguing, fresh, and thought-provoking . . .

—Diane Fruchtman, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Candida R. Moss is professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame.

The Formation of the Jewish Canon

  • Author: Timothy H. Lim
  • Series: The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 304

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Timothy Lim here presents a complete account of the formation of the canon in Ancient Judaism from the emergence of the Torah in the Persian period to the final acceptance of the list of 22/24 books in the Rabbinic period. Using the Hebrew Bible, the Scrolls, the Apocrypha, the Letter of Aristeas, the writings of Philo, Josephus, the New Testament, and Rabbinic literature as primary evidence he argues that throughout the post-exilic period up to around AD 100 there was not one official “canon” accepted by all Jews; rather, there existed a plurality of collections of scriptures that were authoritative for different communities. Examining the literary sources and historical circumstances that led to the emergence of authoritative scriptures in ancient Judaism, Lim proposes a theory of the majority canon that posits that the Pharisaic canon became the canon of Rabbinic Judaism in the centuries after the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple.

His argument is intelligent, balanced, and non-polemical.

Eugene Ulrich, John A. O’Brien Professor of Hebrew Scripture and Theology, University of Notre Dame

With great learning and great clarity, Timothy Lim studies the origins and significance of the canon of the Hebrew Bible. This book instantly becomes the point of departure for all future discussions of the subject.

—Shaye J. D. Cohen, Littauer Professor of Hebrew Literature and Philosophy, Harvard University

Timothy Lim has dispassionately examined one of the most intractable problems in biblical studies, with detailed attention to the ancient sources, and the result is a magnificent contribution to an increasingly lively field. All biblical scholars should read it.

John Barton, Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture, University of Oxford

In this cogently argued book, Timothy Lim’s important and fresh interpretations of all of the pivotal ancient texts are informed by his considerable knowledge of the relevant ancient languages and his advanced awareness of both canonical and non-canonical literature.

Lee Martin McDonald, professor of New Testament studies, Acadia Divinity University, Nova Scotia

Lim has written a disciplined, substantive study of the evidence from ancient texts regarding the development of a Jewish canon and the many modern publications about the topic. The result is a valuable, up-to-date addition to the literature on this fascinating subject.

James C. VanderKam, John A. O’Brien Professor of Hebrew Scriptures, University of Notre Dame

Lim is a confident guide through the sources and the debates regarding the formation of the Jewish canon. In this essential and readable book, he deftly explores the problems of interpretation and recovery, cogently arguing for a persuasive yet nuanced position of his own.

Judith M. Lieu, Lady Margaret’s Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge

Timothy H. Lim is professor of Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism at the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh.