Anselm Companion to the Bible

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“The Anselm Companion to the Bible is a rich and amazing variety of well-researched and clearly written essays. Introductory essays and essays on each of the Testaments are comprehensive yet succinct. The scholarship covers traditional areas—e.g., history of the biblical text or geography and archaeology—but also dialogues with current issues like inclusive language or post-colonial and cultural interpretation. Other topics stretch our appreciation of the Bible, such as the reception of the Bible in the United States and its use in debates about slavery or evolution, the Bible in art, and [how] social studies contributes to the understanding of biblical societies.  .  .  .  The Anselm Companion to the Bible is a valuable resource for classroom or personal Bible study.”

Thomas P. McCreesh, O.P.
Providence College

About This Book

Overview

A Contemporary, Flexible Approach to Biblical Study

With contributions from leading North American biblical scholars, Anselm Companion to the Bible is geared to students of diverse faith backgrounds who are new to studying the Bible in an academic environment. This companion volume offers ease and flexibility as it can be used with any translation of the Bible. Filled with well-written essays on a variety of topics, this companion also engages readers with full-color images, thoughtful study and discussion questions, and a brief bibliography. The companion is organized into four parts: essay introductions to biblical studies as well as both the Old and New Testaments, and a collection of additional study aids.

Details

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 5.375 x 1.5 x 8.25 in
Format

Softcover

ISBN

978-1-59982-494-9

Pages

416

Item # 7056

Customer Reviews

“The Anselm Companion to the Bible is a rich and amazing variety of well-researched and clearly written essays. Introductory essays and essays on each of the Testaments are comprehensive yet succinct. The scholarship covers traditional areas—e.g., history of the biblical text or geography and archaeology—but also dialogues with current issues like inclusive language or post-colonial and cultural interpretation. Other topics stretch our appreciation of the Bible, such as the reception of the Bible in the United States and its use in debates about slavery or evolution, the Bible in art, and [how] social studies contributes to the understanding of biblical societies. New ideas, new questions are presented with balance and insight. Thoughtful questions conclude each chapter, as well as a suggested bibliography and internet resources. The Anselm Companion to the Bible is a valuable resource for classroom or personal Bible study.”

Thomas P. McCreesh, O.P.
Providence College

About the Author

Corrine L. Carvalho, editor

Corrine Carvalho is professor of theology and director of the University of Saint Thomas’ Luann Dummer Center for Women. She has also taught at Florida State University, where she received the Teaching Incentive Program Award, and was nominated for the University Teaching Award and the Superior Liberal Studies Honors Teacher Award. The recipient of several grants and fellowships for her research and the author of numerous articles on biblical literature and history, Corrine serves as president of the Society of Biblical Literature’s Upper Midwest Region, is active in the Catholic Biblical Association, and is a member of the National Association of Women in Catholic Higher Education. Her research interests focus on Israelite prophecy, Israelite religion, ancient Near Eastern religions, and the history of biblical interpretation. Dr. Carvalho received her PhD from Yale University, where she specialized in Old Testament studies, and her master’s degree from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Part 1: Introduction to Biblical Studies
Corrine L. Carvalho

  1. The Formation of the Bible
    James Chukwuma Okoye, CSSp 
  2. Bible Translations
    Steven J. Binz, Corrine L. Carvalho, and Claudia Setzer 
  3. Geography and Archaeology
    Leslie J. Hoppe, OFM 
  4. Methods of Biblical Interpretation
    Corrine L. Carvalho 
  5. The Bible in the United States
    Claudia Setzer 
  6. The Bible and the Arts
    Gale A. Yee 
  7. Christians, Jews, and Muslims: People of the Book
    John Kaltner, Joel S. Kaminsky, and Younus Mirza 
  8. Theological Reading of the Bible
    Patricia K. Tull

Part 2: The Old Testament

  1. The Social World of Ancient Israel
    John J. Ahn and Corrine L. Carvalho 
  2. Religion of Ancient Israel
      John L. McLaughlin 
  3. Old Testament Apocrypha and Pseudepigraphy
    John C. Endres, SJ 
  4. Jewish Biblical Interpretation
    Amy-Jill Levine 
  5. Introduction to the Pentateuch
    Carol J. Dempsey, OP 
  6. Introduction to the Historical Books
    Leslie J. Hoppe, OFM 
  7. Introduction to the Wisdom Literature and the Psalms
    William P. Brown 
  8. Introduction to the Prophetic Books
    Marvin A. Sweeney

Part 3: The New Testament

  1. The Social and Historical Context of the Greco-Roman World
    Eric Stewart
  2. New Testament Christologies
    Seán Charles Martin 
  3. Early Christian Apocrypha
    François Bovon 
  4. The Christian Bible and the Jews
    Erica L. Martin 
  5. Introduction to the Synoptic Gospels and Acts of the Apostles
    Susan Calef and Laurie Brink, OP 
  6. Introduction to the Gospel of John, Johannine Letters, and Revelation
    Henry W. Morisada Rietz 
  7. Introduction to Pauline Literature
    Laurie Brink, OP
  8. Introduction to the Catholic Epistles and Hebrews
    Aliou Cissé Niang

Part 4: Additional Study Aids

  • Time Line of Biblical History
  • Maps
  • Map 1: The Table of Nations
  • Map 2: The Tribal Territories
  • Map 3: The Kingdom Years
  • Map 4: The Assyrian Empire
  • Map 5: The Babylonian Empire
  • Map 6: Ministry of Jesus and the Acts of the Apostles
  • Map 7: The Holy Land in Modern Times
  • Charts
  • Canons of Scripture
  • Biblical Genres
  • Sacred Time: Festivals, Feasts, and Fasts of Judaism Practiced by Jesus, the Apostles, and Their Contemporaries

Contributors
Index

Professional Reviews

The twenty-four chapters in this companion to the Bible are written for those new to the academic study of the Bible. After the editor’s two-page introduction, essays of interest to NT studies include those by J. C. Okoye on the formation of the Bible; S. J. Binz, Carvalho, and C. Setzer on Bible translations; L. J. Hoppe on geography and archaeology; Carvalho on methods of biblical interpretation; G. A. Yee on the Bible and art; P. K. Tull on the theological reading of the Bible; J. C. Endres on the OT Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha; A. J. Levine on Jewish biblical interpretation; E. Stewart on the social and historical context of the Greco-Roman world; S. C. Martin on NT Christologies; F. Bovon on early Christian apocrypha; E. L. Martin on the Christian Bible and the Jews; S. Calef and L. Brink on the Synoptic Gospels and Acts; H. W. Morisada Rietz on the Gospel of John, Johannine letters, and Revelation; Brink on the Pauline letters; and A. C. Niang on the Catholic Epistles and Hebrews. Each essay includes questions for discussion and a bibliography for further study. A time line of biblical history, seven maps, and three charts are included along with numerous color images throughout.

New Testament Abstracts 59/1
2015

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