The message of the Bible is not bound by time or place. Nevertheless, understanding the cultural context of the times and places in which the Bible was written is vital for understanding and applying its meaning for today. The 13-volume Continuum Near Eastern History Collection examines the cultural context of the Old Testament, with contributions from over one hundred of today’s top archaeologists, textual scholars, scholars of Jewish and Christian history, and Dead Sea Scrolls scholars.
This collection provides vital background and contextual details for the Old Testament Scriptures. A thorough study of Asherah helps modern readers comprehend the extent of Israel’s descent into idolatry, and the urgency of God’s warnings against worshiping false gods. Detailed examinations of slavery help modern readers comprehend a thorny biblical issue and understand the debt-slavery texts in the Pentateuch. Interdisciplinary studies illuminate the development of economies, the emergence of city-states, the raising of armies, and the cross-cultural connections between the Persian Empire, the Greek world, and the cultures—such as Israel—which lay in between. Scholars also explore the origin and growth of urban culture, the role of cultural elites, the rise of writing and literacy in the ancient world, and many other topics.
The Continuum Near Eastern History Collection is a massive collection of eight monographs, plus five collections of articles and other focused studies—over 100 total. Contributors include archaeologists, textual scholars, scholars of Jewish and Christian history, Dead Sea Scrolls scholars, and more.
With the Logos Bible Software edition, all Scripture references are linked to the original language texts and the Bibles in your library. By employing the advanced search features in Logos, you can find the exact topics or passages you’re looking for. Whether you are encountering the cultural context of the Bible for the first time, or you’re working on advanced archaeological, historical, or textual research, the Logos Bible Software edition is right for you.